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Freedom Summerby Deborah Wiles
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andlt;Iandgt;John Henry swims better than anyone I know. andlt;BRandgt;He crawls like a catfish, andlt;BRandgt;blows bubbles like a swamp monster, andlt;BRandgt;but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me. andlt;BRandgt;He's not allowed.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. andlt;BRandgt; But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is. andlt;BRandgt; Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there...only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts. andlt;BRandgt; This stirring account of the "Freedom Summer" that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 powerfully and poignantly captures two boys' experience with racism and their friendship that defies it.
Best friends Joe and John Henry do everything together, but in the South in 1964, John Henry isn't allowed to do everything Joe does. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed, both boys are excited, but Joe feels the unbearable injustice of prejudice and decides to challenge it as he and John Henry walk into a formerly "whites only" candy store. Full-color illustrations.
A story of little ballerinas with big dreams.
Little ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams dont always come true—they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. And sometimes hope is hard to come by.
But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldnt stop them from becoming a star.
In a lyrical tale as beautiful as a dance en pointe, Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper tell the story of one little ballerina who was inspired by Janet Collins to make her own dreams come true.
The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, this work introduces a white boy living in the South of 1964, who recounts his first experience of racial prejudice--and his friendship with a black boy that defied it. Full color.
About the Author
Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels and#8220;down Southand#8221; today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshopsand#8212;sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every personand#8217;s story is important. andlt;i andgt;Freedom Summerandlt;/iandgt; is her first book.Jerome Lagarrigue was born and grew up in Paris, France, in a family of artists. Mr. Lagarrigue is the illustrator of andlt;i andgt;Freedom Summer andlt;/iandgt;as well as andlt;iandgt;My Man Blueandlt;/iandgt; by Nikki Grimes, and his work has also appeared in the andlt;iandgt;New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt; and on the cover of the andlt;iandgt;New York Times Book Review.andlt;/iandgt; A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he teaches drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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