Books by Catherine Clinton

PHILLIS’S BIG TEST by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 7, 2008

"A powerful introduction to the first published African-American poet. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Phillis Wheatley was named for the slave ship that brought her to Boston. Read full book review >
WHEN HARRIET MET SOJOURNER by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's a nifty idea, but, alas, the vessel is somewhat stronger than its story. (Picture book/fictionalized nonfiction. 7-10)"
A patchwork motif visually pieces together the stories of the two redoubtable abolitionists, who met only once—in Boston in 1864—but who shared a passionate mission. Read full book review >
HOLD THE FLAG HIGH by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

"A strong lead-in to Clinton Cox's Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (1991) or Clinton's own The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present (2000). (time line, resource list) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Evans's thickly brushed scenes of African-American soldiers with downcast eyes, clustered beneath rippling Stars and Stripes, lend an air of ritual solemnity in keeping with Clinton's inspiring commemoration of Sgt. Read full book review >
HARRIET TUBMAN by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2004

"A generous biographer, Clinton sometimes accepts too uncritically the many legends that proliferate in the fertile Tubman soil. Still: a clear, concise portrait of 'Moses' in her milieux. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Well-written bio of the former slave who became an engineer on the Underground Railroad, a loyal supporter of John Brown, a Civil War nurse and spy, and a fiery advocate for women's suffrage. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2003

"There's a long introduction by the editor and half-page biographies of each poet. (author, illustrator notes) (Poetry. 10+)"
A powerful selection of 25 poems by American women ranges from Anne Bradstreet to Naomi Shihab Nye. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Its subject matter is an important and often neglected part of American history. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Clinton (I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, 1998, etc.) tells the history of black soldiers who fought for their country and struggled for equality in the armies in which they fought. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Acorn's elegant illustrations have an expressiveness that honors the words. (Poetry. 10+)"
A splendid, rattling good collection of African-American poetry. Read full book review >