Books by evelyn coleman

FREEDOM TRAIN by evelyn coleman
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The novel is heavy-handed and self-consciously inspirational, but it's a fine story of a moment in history when times were changing and the Freedom Train reminded Americans of their better selves. (author's historical note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clyde Thompson may be the shortest 12-year-old in seventh grade, but he learns to stand tall in this story about the Freedom Train's arrival in Atlanta in 1949. Read full book review >
BORN IN SIN by evelyn coleman
Released: March 1, 2001

"She makes hard choices and stupid mistakes, but she's a character bigger than the page; most of the other players are hardly visible when she's on stage. (Fiction. YA)"
Keisha is 14; she's smart, she works hard, and she has a really good Mama. Read full book review >
THE RICHES OF OSEOLA McCARTY by evelyn coleman
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A small, fine book. (Biography. 7-10)"
Coleman (To Be a Drum, p. 264, etc.) writes with feeling of an African-American woman whose work ethic proved inspiring. Read full book review >
WHAT A WOMAN'S GOTTA DO by evelyn coleman
Released: March 1, 1998

"Skillfully written, but with a welter of incongruous elements, from black belt karate to Judgement Day, the supernatural, interracial issues, murder, astrology, and genetic engineering."
A children's book author turns her hand to the adult suspense novel—with mixed results. Read full book review >
TO BE A DRUM by evelyn coleman
Released: March 1, 1998

"That's the moment, in this joyful and robust chronicle, to turn to the art, where the energetic montages bustle with multi-textured backgrounds and figures, employing cloth, cotton, old buttons, sisal, wool, clay, and more, in theatrical, pulsing settings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The drum is a mytho-poetic symbol that links people to their African roots and to the rhythm of the earth, or so Daddy Wes tells his children, Mat and Martha. Read full book review >