Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

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Amistad Books for Young Readers
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7.8 X 9.7 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Bonnie Christensen (1951-2015) brought many aspects of American and world history into focus for young readers through such celebrated picture books as Elvis, Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol, a Bank Street College Best Book and a Booklist Top Ten Biography, the Scheider Family Book Award winner Django and Woodie Guthrie: Poet of the people, a Boston-Globe Horn Book Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book. Her beloved books continue to captivate generations of new readers

"Wells was born into slavery in 1862 in Mississippi. Myers follows her remarkable life from raising her siblings after the death of her parents, to her rise to national fame as a writer and speaker who worked tirelessly on behalf of African Americans and suffrage, and against the horrors of lynching. Readers will learn that long before Rosa Parks made history on a Montgomery bus, Wells refused to move from the ladies' coach on a train, was forcibly removed, then sued the railroad." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Christensen's detailed and historically accurate watercolor illustrations bring the story of this amazingly accomplished and courageous woman to life." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Myers deals with Wells-Barnett's career--from child of slaves, to teacher, to writer and organizer in the causes of anti-lynching and women's suffrage--in a style accessible to younger elementary audiences. Her best-known crusade, the fight against lynching, is treated frankly but sensitively, with the picture of an empty noose and a white mob waiting in anticipation ably conveying the coming tragedy." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Myers' masterful text is well matched by Christensen's somber watercolor illustrations: neither soft-pedals the injustice and cruelty to African Americans. Quotes from Wells' autobiography are placed throughout, and a time line of the major aspects of her life is included. A fine introduction." -- Booklist

"Ida B. Wells's life as a crusader against lynching is thoroughly covered in books for older children, but perhaps the brutality of lynching has precluded her from being the icon for younger students that Harriet Tubman has been. Here, award-winning author Myers recounts her story in a picture book biography. With its timeline at the back, this book presents, for a younger audience, an understandable and compelling picture of a remarkable woman."
-- Horn Book Magazine

"This picture-book biography relies powerfully on Wells's own passionate words to tell her story: 'In the past ten years over a thousand black men and women and children have met this violent death at the hands of a white mob. And the rest of America has remained silent.' The design sets the staunch advocate's quotations off from Myers's accessible account, printing them in a typeface as bold as their speaker." -- Kirkus Reviews