YOURS FOR JUSTICE, IDA B. WELLS by Philip Dray
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YOURS FOR JUSTICE, IDA B. WELLS

The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist
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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of an adult study of the history of lynching addresses a younger audience in this stirring tribute to an African-American journalist who, more than any other single figure, is associated with bringing the despicable practice to an end. Born a slave, Wells grew up to be a dedicated reformer who took on a number of social injustices in the course of a long career. Dray retraces the biographical high spots, then closes with a photo-enhanced look at her later achievements and a capsule history of lynching. Adding strong notes of reverence to the narrative, Alcorn’s big cubist paintings center on Wells, who is often seen floating gracefully, surrounded by people with downcast eyes and tilted heads, fluttering pages of print and scales or other symbols. Capped by a well-chosen list of additional resources at several levels, this handsomely packaged introduction to one of the most important progenitors of the Civil Rights Movement is just the ticket for young readers not yet ready to tackle the Fradins’ definitive profile. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-56145-417-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2008




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