Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll


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8.7 X 11.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Tonya Bolden's books have earned much praise and numerous starred reviews. Her work has been recognized with the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and listed as a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She is also the recipient of the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC's Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Her Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl was a Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Visit her website at

R. Gregory Christie has illustrated many picture books, six of which recieved a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustrator: The Palm of My Heart, Only Passing Through, Brothers in Hope, The Book Itch, Freedom in Congo Square, and Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"A profile as bold and vivacious as the singer herself." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Terrific for all collections that want to inspire the musically inclined and highlight innovative pioneers. " -- Booklist (starred review)

"Bolden uses alliteration, assonance, repetition, and rhythm to create an irresistibly musical text that effectively communicates the feel of Tharpe's music. Christie's lively illustrations. . . capture the physicality of Tharpe's performance style and the intensity of her sound." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The marriage of Bolden's words and Christie's pictures is almost as satisfying as Tharpe's songs. . ." -- New York Times Book Review

"Impressive offering about an often-overlooked figure in American music." -- Horn Book (starred review)