Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

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Peachtree Publishers
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10.09 X 12.01 X 0.4 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author

Philip Dray was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award for At The Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America. It was through his work on this book that he became acquainted with Ida B. Wells and her compelling story. He lives in New York.

Stephen Alcorn was born in the United States and grew up in Italy. A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, he is an award-winning printmaker, portraitist, and illustrator of over fifty children's books, including Let it Shine, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. He lives in Virginia.


"Alcorn's ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a fluid quality, conveying both action within the story and movement from one scene to the next. The use of warm colors and fanciful elements help to mute the harsh realities of lynching and segregation, while still maintaining a respectful tone. Appended with notes on Well's later life, a time line, and bibliography, this makes a good choice for middle-grade readers studying the early period of the civil rights movement."
"An excellent picture-book biography... Alcorn's inventive, imaginative artwork softens the violence without minimizing it."
"Alcorn's striking, symbol-infused hand-colored prints on creamy vellum get star billing... Author notes, a timeline and more enhance this age-appropriate introduction to difficult issues and the woman who educated the world about them."
"In this stirring tribute to an African-American journalist... Adding strong notes of reverence to the narrative, Alcorn's big cubist paintings center on Wells... Capped by a well-chosen list of additional resources at several levels, this handsomely packaged introduction to one of the most important progenitors of the Civil Rights Movement is just the ticket for young readers not yet ready to tackle the Fradins' definitive profile."