The Courageous Six Triple Eight: The All-Black Female Battalion of World War II

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Capstone Press
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7.26 X 9.13 X 0.3 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is the founder of the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute.
Cynthia Paul grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and has since moved up and down the east coast. After a long career of doodling in the margins of her homework, she decided to jump into children's illustration and has loved it ever since. In her free time she enjoys writing, learning about history, travelling, and trying her hand at baking.


Female heroes of World War II have their stories related in these four graphic biographies. Sophie Scholl was a young -German woman who, disillusioned with Hitler, endangered her life by campaigning against the Nazis. Army and Navy nurses bravely take care of wounded soldiers in the Philippines while enduring terrible hardships and internment by the Japanese. An Australian journalist in France takes huge risks as a spy for the French Resistance. The woman who becomes the first Black lieutenant colonel in the WACS heads a team of other Black female soldiers in sorting mail for troops in Europe while enduring racial discrimination by their white colleagues. The authors and illustrators of these graphic narratives do an excellent job of conveying suspense; readers unfamiliar with the stories about Scholl and Wake will find themselves especially eager to turn the pages. The tales of the nurses and the WACS sensitively portray the difficult circumstances the women found themselves in and how they were able to rise above their respective trials and tribulations. Tones of sepia, grays, browns, and dark green found in the frames' backgrounds complement the stories of these remarkable women. VERDICT The excellent narratives combined with engaging drawings do a fine job of introducing readers to important players in a crucial point of history. Purchase should definitely be considered by school and public libraries.--Margaret Nunes, former Librarian, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA "School Library Journal"