| From the Dust Jacket |
Untold numbers of black men and women in America have achieved great things against the odds. In this insightful book, award-winning author Tonya Bolden commemorates the lives of sixteen black individuals who dared to dream, take risks, and chart courses to success. They were Pathfinders.
In these pages you will meet Venture Smith, an African man who was enslaved in America but later bought his own freedom; Richard Potter, a magician whose methods paved the way for entertainers like Harry Houdini; Sissieretta Jones, an opera singer who captivated audiences all over the world with her enchanting voice; Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who was instrumental in putting U.S. astronauts on the moon; and other black Americans whose accomplishment were nothing short of extraordinary.
Ages 10 and up | 128 pages
Hardcover | Abrams Books for Young Readers | 2017 | ISBN: 1-4197-1455-4
“A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S history.” —Kirkus, starred review
“Detailed descriptions and sidebars offer rich portraits of each person’s life and era, and period illustrations and photographs lend further depth to figures who will likely be unfamiliar to many readers.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The lives of 16 fascinating and innovate black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work.” —School Library Journal, starred review