Search Results: "Vaunda Micheaux Nelson"


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POSSIBLES by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"From the author of Mayfield Crossing (1993), a lovely, lyrical story of love, loss, and the nobility that exists in others once we look beyond their masks. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Her beloved father recently dead, Sheppy Lee faces a summer of sorrow and diminished means. Read full book review >

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MAYFIELD CROSSING by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Characters aren't well individualized, but the Turner family dynamics are wholesome, and the playground interaction and the ultimate resolution believable. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The eight kids at Mayfield Crossing are a tightknit group who enjoy playing baseball together; but now, in 1960, their little school is closed and they're bused to larger Parkview Elementary, where they don't get much of a welcome—they're not even chosen for the lunch-time ballgame. Read full book review >

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DON'T CALL ME GRANDMA by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Children will best appreciate this nostalgic journey when accompanied by a doting loved one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Scary grandmas are always called "grandMOTHER," especially if they are 96-year-old great-grandmothers who have "chocolaty brown" skin and are named Nell and sometimes growl into their mirrors. Read full book review >

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WHO WILL I BE, LORD?  by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Quall's lovely, textured illustrations depict realistic figures against backgrounds suffused with blues and purples. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In this substantive yet never heavy offering, an African-American girl reflects on the people in her family, wondering, after lovingly considering each: "And what will I be, Lord? Read full book review >

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ALMOST TO FREEDOM by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Reread Deborah Hopkinson's Under the Quilt of Night (2001) instead. (author's note, limited glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll's-eye view of slavery and escape fails to succeed. Read full book review >

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DREAM MARCH by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An excellent text to introduce nascent readers to Dr. King's story. (author's note) (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
A complex piece of history is told in simple language. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"From the author's heart to America's readers: a tribute to a man who believed in and lived black pride. (afterword, author's note, selected bibliography, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
A man with a mission leaves a memorable mark in Harlem. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A stirring and thought-provoking account of an unsung figure in 20th-century American history. (author's notes, source notes, bibliography, index) (Fictional biography. 12-18)"
Lewis Michaux provided a venue for his fellow African-Americans to have access to their own history and philosophy at a time when the very idea was revolutionary. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Here, children can saddle up with a genuine Western hero in a narrative that hits the bull's-eye. (glossary, timeline, bibliography, notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
He rode tall in the saddle and excelled at riding, shooting, tracking and every other skill required of a man representing the law in the vast and often lawless American frontier known as Indian Territory in the late 1800s. Read full book review >

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NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >

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NELSON by John Sugden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Despite its length, a tremendously engaging work with few dull moments."
The exhaustive second volume of this definitive biography treats the admiral's supreme command of the British Navy and the bittersweet Lady Hamilton years. Read full book review >