Books by Sandra Belton

THE TALLEST TREE by Sandra Belton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"This appealing and touching, if overly wishful, tale about what can be accomplished when a community works together conveys the value of remembering and embracing the past. (author's note, biography websites, resources) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Little Catfish and his buddies are too young to remember when their rundown urban neighborhood was full of thriving businesses and stellar entertainment, but Odell Davis, an "old as dirt" neighborhood fixture, keeps the memories alive. Read full book review >
STORE-BOUGHT BABY by Sandra Belton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"Readers who have experienced the complex range of emotions brought on by a tragedy of this nature will appreciate Belton's sensitive depiction of loss. (Fiction. 10+)"
Leah Claire's much-loved adopted older brother Luce has died in a car accident and the pain of the loss is very nearly unbearable. Read full book review >
BEAUTY, HER BASKET by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"It's not hard to find tales in which children, encircled by a loving family, explore links between their past and present, but this is a particularly moving variation on the theme. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Cabrera displays rare sensitivity to color and light in this children's debut, illustrating Belton's account of a child's visit to Sea Island relatives with scenes of dark-skinned, brightly dressed figures against impressionistic swirls of sand, sun, and images from the past. Read full book review >
PICTURES FOR MISS JOSIE by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A fine tribute. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An African-American boy's success is demonstrated in this brief narrative that credits the supportive mentoring he received from a strong and disciplined educator. Read full book review >
McKENDREE by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Although stereotypical standards of beauty are not limited to one race ('blondes have more fun'), what distinguishes this book is its honest exploration of prejudice as it existed within a culture—and perhaps still does. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A period piece set in a small West Virginia town in 1948, this is an unusual coming-of-age story that is both culturally specific and universal. Read full book review >
SUMMER CAMP by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

In this book in the Ernestine & Amanda series, the friends take alternating chapters to tell the story of their summer vacations spent at vastly different camps. Read full book review >
FROM MISS IDA'S PORCH by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"List of biographies, recordings, and two videotapes. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
``You can know where you're going in this world only if you know where you've been!'' Addressing adults as much as children, the narrator fondly recalls the sights and sounds of her neighborhood, especially Miss Ida's porch, a ``telling place'' where one summer night she heard old Mr. Fisher recall the time Duke Ellington himself came to stay because no hotel in town would have him. Read full book review >