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Finding Family (book jacket)

Finding Family

Delana has never known her parents. She’s been raised by Grandpa, who doesn’t say much, and Aunt Tilley, who says plenty—just not the things Delana wants to hear. Aunt Tilley’s family stories are wild and not to be trusted, while her Book of Bewares—including boys, fairs, even peeling a potato—keeps Delana from doing much of anything …

WEB DuBois (book cover)

Up Close: W. E. B. Du Bois

In this rich and captivating Up Close biography, award-winning author Tonya Bolden tells the story of how one man—tirelessly and never quietly—fought for equality until his death at the age of ninety-five.

George Washington Carver (book jacket)

George Washington Carver

. . . Known famously as the “Peanut Man,” George Washington Carver brought sensible and life-saving concepts to people across the country, making a difference in the world despite the adversity he faced in his time and place.

M.L.K. Journey of A King (book cover)

M.L.K.: Journey Of A King

Most people know King as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a renowned orator, and a central and revered figure in the civil rights movement. But how did he become this figure? What were his inspirations? What were his aspirations? What events, people, and decisions shaped his destiny? Bolden introduces young readers to the human being behind the icon.

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Based on an unpublished memoir by Ms. [Remond] Lyons . . . dated 1928 ~ the evocative text and photographs of young Maritcha, her family, and their friends, as well as archival maps, photographs, and illustrations, make this book an invaluable cultural and historical resource. Maritcha brings to life the story of a very ordinary – yet remarkable – girl of nineteenth-century America . . .

The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali

A true icon, Ali has influenced and inspired millions with his dazzling athletic ability, his undeniable charisma, and his incredible life story . . . Tonya Bolden’s powerful words, reminiscent of Ali’s own well-known vocal stylings, are paired with R. Gregory Christie’s breathtaking paintings . . .

Portraits of African American Heroes

A stunningly beautiful book consisting of portraits – in words and pictures – of twenty outstanding African-Americans. These profiles in fortitude and vision capture the essence of these remarkable men and women who changed their communities and their country . . .