Books by Bethany Hegedus

HARD WORK, BUT IT'S WORTH IT by Bethany Hegedus
Released: Jan. 14, 2020

"An affectionate, admiring tribute to our 39th president. (author's note, timeline, bibliography, online resources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
An outline of President Jimmy Carter's life—peanut farmer, president, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Read full book review >
RISE! by Bethany Hegedus
Released: Aug. 6, 2019

"This deeply important story will foster further discussion around racism, sexual abuse, and courage. (timeline) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Maya Angelou: writer, performer, activist. Read full book review >
ALABAMA SPITFIRE by Bethany Hegedus
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A well-intentioned effort that might not connect with its intended audience. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A scrappy young white girl from tiny Monroeville, Alabama, grows up to write the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Read full book review >
BE THE CHANGE by Arun Gandhi
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Decidedly and deliberately didactic, the book aims to spark action on the part of listeners, making it a title best shared by adults who are interested in the topic and motivated to continue the conversation. (authors' note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The creators of Grandfather Gandhi (2014) return with a lesson about the complex foundations of violence in our world. Read full book review >
Released: March 11, 2014

"Never burdened by its message, this exceptional title works on multiple levels; it is both a striking introduction to a singular icon and a compelling story about the universal experience of a child seeking approval from a revered adult. (authors' note) (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
This first-person account presents Mohandas Gandhi through the eyes of his then-12-year-old grandson. Read full book review >
TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL T by Bethany Hegedus
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

Sharing her Tweedle, Ga., grandparents with her newly adopted and only slightly younger Northern—and African-American—cousin is not what Caucasian narrator Maebelle had in mind for her summer. She's still a bit ego-bruised from knowing that she'll start middle school in a regular—not gifted-and-talented—class, and Isaac's extraordinary competence on the jazz trumpet is hard to take. While Isaac and their musical grandparents plan a performance for the town's Anniversary Spectacular, Maebelle grapples with her mixed feelings of protectiveness and resentment toward Isaac. A mystery about the closed-off wing in her grandparents' inherited plantation mansion grabs her attention—one of the town's most prominent 19th-century citizens seems to have figured in some kind of clandestine comings and goings. The somber acknowledgment of the town's slave-holding past is contrasted with a present in which racism and bigotry are not unknown, but there are no easy villains, and Maebelle's is not the only family where black and white come together. Lots of elements here, and most fit together smoothly and treat the nicely drawn cast of characters with depth and dimension. (Fiction. 9-11)Read full book review >