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 has written more than 20 books for children and adults. Her book Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America was named a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal. Her Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists received a starred review in Booklist magazine. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALSC 2006 Notable Children's Book, a NAPPA Gold Award Winner, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in New York City.

R. Gregory Christie is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Freedom in Congo Square, as well as a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Illustrator Award and a three-time recipient of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year award. He's also a recipient of the NAACP's Image Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the American Library Association's Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for illustration. He also illustrated the 2013 Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Postal Service. He lives in Georgia. Visit Gregory's website at


"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)