Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life


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Christy Ottaviano Books-Little Brown and Hachette
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6.1 X 9.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Marilyn Nelson is the author of many award-winning books, including August Savage, which was named to Kirkus, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book's Best of Year lists in addition to receiving a Black Caucus ALA Honor and the Bank Street College of Education's Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry. She is also the author of Carver: A Life in Poems, which was a National Book Award finalist, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and A Wreath for Emmett Till, which garnered a Coretta Scott King Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor. Marilyn lives in Connecticut.

Tammi Lawson is the curator of the Art and Artifacts Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the steward of a collection of over fifteen thousand items that visually document the Black Diaspora. The Schomburg also houses the largest collection of art by Augusta Savage in a public institution. The New York Public Library recently awarded Lawson the 2020 Bertha Franklin Feder Award for Excellence in Librarianship.


* "A wonderful addition to young people's literature on African American artists."

--Horn Book, starred review

* "In a rich biography in verse, Nelson (A is for Oboe) gives voice to the Black sculptor Augusta Savage (1892-1962), a key Harlem Renaissance figure."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for A Wreath for Emmett Till:

* "A towering achievement."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This memorial to the lynched teen is in the Homeric tradition of poet-as-historian . . . This chosen formality brings distance and reflection to readers, but also calls attention to the horrifically ugly events."

--School Library Journal, starred review

"These poems are a powerful achievement that teens and adults will want to discuss together."

--Booklist, ALA starred review
"A moving elegy indeed." --The Bulletin

* "Nelson's arresting poetry, which is accompanied by photographs of Savage's work, dazzles as it experiments with form. ... A lyrical biography from a master of the craft."

--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A master poet breathes life and color into this portrait of a ­historically significant sculptor and her remarkable story."--School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for Augusta Savage:
A Claudia Lewis Award Winner for Poetry by the Bank Street College of Education
A BCALA Children & Young Adult Award Winner
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best of the Year

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year​
A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
A CCBC Children's Choice
A CBC Teacher Favorite Award Winner
An Ohioana Book Award Finalist
A Mississippi Magnolia Book Award Winner

A Junior Library Guild Selection

* "A stunning portrait of artistic genius and Black history in America."--Booklist, starred review