As Fast as Words Could Fly

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8.3 X 10.3 X 0.3 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Pamela M. Tuck won Lee & Low's New Voices Award for the manuscript for As Fast As Words Could Fly, her first picture book. She gets her love of storytelling from her grandfather, whose "jaw-dropping, eye-popping" stories enchanted her as a child. Tuck was inspired to write As Fast As Words Could Fly by her father's experiences growing up in the 1960s in a family of civil rights activists. She lives in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their children. You can visit her online at

Eric Velasquez has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, and has authored some picture books as well. Among the awards he has received for his work are the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. When not illustrating book projects, Velasquez teaches book illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He lives in Hartsdale, New York. You can visit him online at


"A warm. . . title about the struggle for equality." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The striking compositions in rich browns and blues, along with Tuck's pride in her family, help distinguish this story of perseverance and courage. This well-crafted tale would be an excellent complement to overviews of the Civil Rights Movement." -- School Library Journal

"Tuck lays bare the challenges that faced Mason and black students like him, but she also tempers the story's cold realities with moments of hope, echoed by the pride and determination." -- Publishers Weekly

From the beautiful cover picture of the boy's fingers on the typewriter keys, to the ugly view of the racist bus driver who tells the black pupils to "get to the back," Velasquez's handsome oil paintings on watercolor paper bring close the details of one boy's struggle. Told from a personal viewpoint and appended with a powerful author's note, this is a story to share across generations. -- Booklist

"Based on some of the true experiences of the author's father, this fictional picture book contains illustrations that are so high quality as to resemble paintings rather than pictures... [As Fast as Words Could Fly] will undoubtedly inspire a new general of readers." -- Children's Literature

New Voices Award, Lee & Low Books
Teacher's Choices, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Diverse and Impressive Children's Books of 2013, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
Story Telling World Award, Storytelling Magazine

Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist, New Mexico Library Association
Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" Book Award, Manhattan Country School
Show Me Readers Nominee, Missouri Association of School Librarians