No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

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6.9 X 9.9 X 0.5 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a former youth services librarian in New Mexico. Visit her online at
Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith's cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories about unsung black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, and Chris Rock. The videos have been screened on HBO and Netflix, and enjoyed by schools and libraries across the country. She is the author of Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight and How High the Moon. Karyn lives with her family in New York City.

R. Gregory Christie is a Caldecott Honor Winner, a six-time recipient of a Coretta Scott King Award Honor, a two-time winner of the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year (2000 and 2002), a winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for illustration, and a recipient of the NAACP's Image Award. He is the illustrator on Karyn Parson's Sweet Blackberry films, and its picture book Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight. When he's not illustrating books, he operates GAS-ART GIFTS, a children's bookstore with autographed copies in Decatur, Georgia.


"An extraordinary, inspiring book to put into the hands of scholars and skeptics alike."--starred, The Horn Book Magazine

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"Nelson and Christie deliver an engrossing blend of history, art, and storytelling in this deeply moving tribute to a singular individual."--starred, Publishers Weekly

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"The storytelling format, candid perspectives, supplemental images, and historic connections bring to life an unheralded individualist whose story will engage readers."&mdashstarred, School Library Journal

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"A stirring and thought-provoking account of an unsung figure in 20th-century American history."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

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"Eye-opening....This book will capture readers' interest from the first pages and they will find themselves still thinking about it weeks later." --VOYA

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"A storytelling quality, as well as short pieces of history on each page, will make this appealing to anyone looking to know more about the Civil Rights era." --Library Media Connection

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"Not only a compelling biography but also a useful addition to the literature of black history and culture." --Booklist

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