Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Sarah Rector was once famously hailed as and#147;the richest black girl in America.and#8221; Set against the backdrop of American history, her tale encompasses the creation of Indian Territory, the making of Oklahoma, and the establishment of black towns and oil-rich boomtowns.
Rector acquired her fortune at the age of eleven. This is both her story and that of children just like her: one filled with ups and downs amid bizarre goings-on and crimes perpetrated by greedy and corrupt adults. From a trove of primary documents, including court and census records and interviews with family members, author Tonya Bolden painstakingly pieces together the events of Sarahand#8217;s life and the lives of those around her.
The book includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.
Praise for Searching for Sarah Rector
"This handsome volume with its many photographs is carefully sourced and has a helpful glossary, illustration credits and index. Bolden admirably tells a complex story while modeling outstanding research strategy, as her insightful authorand#8217;s note attests."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"Boldenand#8217;s remarks on tracking down Sarahand#8217;s story will appeal to those who enjoy untangling historical mysteries."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The incredible and little-known story of Sarah Rector, once the wealthiest Black woman in America, from Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Tonya Bolden
Searching for Sarah Rector brings to light the intriguing mystery of Sarah Rector, who was born into an impoverished family in 1902 in Indian Territory and later was famously hailed by the Chicago Defender as "the wealthiest colored girl in the world."
Author Tonya Bolden sets Rector's rags-to-riches tale against the backdrop of American history, including the creation of Indian Territory; the making of Oklahoma, with its Black towns and boomtowns; and the wild behavior of many greedy and corrupt adults.
At the age of eleven, Sarah was a very rich young girl. Even so, she was powerless . . . helpless in the whirlwind of drama--and danger--that swirled around her. Then one day word came that she had disappeared.
This is her story, and the story of other children like her, filled with ups and downs, bizarre goings-on, and a heap of crimes.
Out of a trove of primary documents, including court and census records, as well as interviews with family members, Bolden painstakingly pieces together the events of Sarah's life.
Sitting Bull (c. 1831andndash;1890) was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bullandrsquo;s childhoodandmdash;killing his first buffalo at age 10andmdash;to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army, Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People
brings the story of the great chief to light. Sitting Bull was instrumental in the war against the invasive wasichus
(white men) and was at the forefront of the combat, including the Battles of Killdeer Mountain and the Little Bighorn. He and Crazy Horse were the last Lakota/Sioux to surrender their people to the U.S. government and resort to living on a reservation.
The book includes an extensive authorandrsquo;s note and timeline, historical photographs, a map, a bibliography, endnotes, and an index.
About the Author
S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of Black Elkandrsquo;s Visionandmdash;recipient of a Western Writers of America Spur Storyteller Award and named a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Visit him online at sdnelson.net.