Books by Tonya Bolden

Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Bolden admirably tells a complex story while modeling outstanding research strategy, as her insightful author's note attests. (Nonfiction 10-14)"
In 1914, 12-year-old Oklahoman Sarah Rector attracted attention when it became known that the oil found on land allotted to her by treaty was worth a fortune. Read full book review >
12 DAYS OF NEW YORK by Tonya Bolden
Released: March 12, 2013

"Skip this tour. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A class trip to the Big Apple is played out as a variation of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A convincing, handsomely produced argument that the proclamation, for all its acknowledged limitations, remains a watershed document. (endnotes, bibliography, extensive timeline) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A vivid depiction of the issues and tensions surrounding abolition and the development of Lincoln's responses to them as the United States plunged into the Civil War. Read full book review >
FINDING FAMILY by Tonya Bolden
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Set in 1905 Charleston, W.Va., this richly lyrical and historically persuasive coming-of-age story explores the ties that bind, break and renew an affluent African-American family. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 12, 2010

Explaining the complexities of Roosevelt's New Deal initiatives and their economic impacts is a daunting task for any writer, but Bolden rises to the occasion with an accessible and thoughtful text that clearly and succinctly explains the agencies and programs that came out of FDR's first 100 days in office. Read full book review >

UP CLOSE: W.E.B. DU BOIS by Tonya Bolden
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, often declared "the colour line" its defining problem, and his writing remains relevant today. Read full book review >

SAY A LITTLE PRAYER by Dionne Warwick
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

A little girl discovers her true passion in this inspirational picture book based on singer Warwick's own beginnings. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2008

Bolden follows up MLK: Journey of a King (2007) with this shorter but equally lucid profile of the second-most-well-known African-American. Read full book review >

Released: May 8, 2007

In the argot of the times, Bolden offers a fascinating study of the girl bands of the Swing era during WWII. Read full book review >

M.L.K. by Tonya Bolden
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

Adding to the growing body of literature about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, Bolden attempts to portray the passion of a man for a cause when he could have lived a quiet life untouched by the troubles that would come his way. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 27, 2005

The post-Civil War period known as Reconstruction was a revolutionary time of enormous possibility, but it ultimately was an "unfinished revolution" in racial democracy, leaving it to future generations to hash out what democracy really meant. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2005

A serious-looking 12-year-old girl looks out at the reader from a sepia-toned cover photograph: The "American Girl" of the subtitle was African-American, a member of New York's black middle class. Read full book review >

THE CHAMP by Tonya Bolden
Released: Dec. 28, 2004

Muhammad Ali remains an interesting, colorful persona long after his amazing boxing career. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2004

In an informative introduction, the editor, artist, and author discuss the process used to select the inspirational African-Americans for these "studies in true grit." Read full book review >

ROCK OF AGES by Tonya Bolden
Released: Dec. 26, 2001

A poetic tribute to the sustaining power of the Black Church. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Bolden (Rock of Ages, 2001, etc.) presents an overview about what life has been like through the years for African-American children in the US. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1998

paper 0-517-70936-8 A terribly earnest collection of advice that ranges from preachy to peachy. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Bolden's Book of African-American Women (1996, not reviewed) covered 150 ``crusaders, creators, and uplifters''; this one presents a handful of such stalwarts in chapter-length biographies: Ellen Craft, Charlotte Forten GrimkÇ, Mary Fields, Ida B. Wells, and Mary McLeod Bethune from earlier generations; Clara Hale, Leontyne Price, Toni Morrison, Mae C. Jemison, and Jackie Joyner- Kersee of the present century. Read full book review >

JUST FAMILY by Tonya Bolden
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Ten-year-old Beryl lives with her parents and her older sister, Randy, in East Harlem in the 1960s. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

Seventeen stories, of particular interest because of the high quality of their writing as well as for their diverse insights into growing up black. Read full book review >

MAMA, I WANT TO SING by Vy Higginsen
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

From the time she's 11, Doris sings with the adult choir at Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church, where her father is pastor. Read full book review >