Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm

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11.2 X 9.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Deans is the author of Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson, illustrated by Elbrite Brown. She is also an artist whose favorite medium is oil paint on panel. Ms. Deans lives with her husband and three children in the Washington DC area.

Joe Cepeda is an award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. He lives in Southern California with his wife and their son.


"The infectious joy of swing music comes across nicely . . . Cepeda's colorful and richly textured full-bleed acrylic-and-oil paintings match the mostly upbeat mood . . . An appealing and informative composition"--Kirkus Reviews

"Deans's text shines a light on the racial, social, and gender boundaries the band crossed, while emphasizing the bond of sisterhood that these girls created because of their talent, mutual struggle, and love of swing. . . . Cepeda's oil and acrylic paint illustrations . . . appear as if they might reverberate off the page at any moment."--School Library Journal

"A heartening tribute to a group of pioneering, dedicated musicians."--Publishers Weekly

"More than just a history of the band, this takes on a larger picture, including Jim Crow laws and how the Sweethearts helped break down both gender and racial barriers. . . . An appealing piece of American history."--Booklist

California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Award Winner
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year