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ISBN13: 9780374443306
ISBN10: 0374443300
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"Leon's Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!" — Nikki Giovanni

I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn't call you "black." They didnt say "minority." They called us "colored" or "nigger."

Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignettes, this is his story about walking four miles to the school for black children, and watching a school bus full of white children go past. It's about his being forced to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, hiding all night when the Klansmen came riding, and worse. Much worse.

But it is also the story of a strong family and the love that bound them together. And, finally, it's about working to change an oppressive existence by joining the civil rights movement. Edited from recorded interviews conducted by Susan L. Roth, Leon's story will stay with readers long after they have finished his powerful account.

 
Leon's Story is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.

Synopsis:

"In this riveting autobiography, Baltimore janitor Leon Walter Tillage reflects on his life with all the vitality of a storyteller gathering his audience around him . . . . Roth's dramatic black-and-white collages pay homage to the power of Leon's story, a tale that does more in its gentle way to expose the horrors of racism than most works of fiction ever could."--"Publishers Weekly."

About the Author

Leon Walter Tillage lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has worked for thirty years as a custodian at The Park School.

Susan L. Roth's many picture books include Ishi's Tale of Lizard, which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. She lives in Great Neck, New York.

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Mimatesi, April 18, 2006 (view all comments by Mimatesi)
when i read this book i felt so sad for him, because his mother almost died on his 15th birthday and his dad did. i would have been horrified going outside and giving my dad and grandpa cocoa while the klansmen were prowling.

- marissa
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374443306
Author:
Roth, Susan L.
Author:
Roth, Susan L.
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - People of Color
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
Fuquay-Varina
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Subject:
History
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- History.
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Number:
Sunburst ed.
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series:
Sunburst Books
Series Volume:
bk. 23
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white collages throughout
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.03 x 5.02 x 0.335 in
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by , "In this riveting autobiography, Baltimore janitor Leon Walter Tillage reflects on his life with all the vitality of a storyteller gathering his audience around him . . . . Roth's dramatic black-and-white collages pay homage to the power of Leon's story, a tale that does more in its gentle way to expose the horrors of racism than most works of fiction ever could."--"Publishers Weekly."
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