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A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the fugitive slave acts.
Struggling for a sense of identity as an Amerind -- part African American, part Native American -- twelve-year-old Arilla Adams is unable to identify with a single race like her older brother, Jack.
Natalie is different from the other kids in Dreenie's fifth-grade class. She comes to school in a wheelchair, always wearing a knitted hat. The kids in the class call Natalie "Bluish" because her skin is pale and tinted blue from chemotherapy.
Bruh Rabbit may indeed have met his match when he comes across a tar baby in the middle of the road. The baby's deaf, dumb and blind attitude infuriates the plucky trickster, just as Wolf planned! When Bruh Rabbit gets entangled in the tar baby's sticky embrace, has he finally been foiled by his long-time enemy? Certainly not, if Wolf falls for Bruh Rabbit's clever reverse-psychology and flings the wily rabbit into the briar patch.
Cammy loves her family, except her cousin Patty Ann, who's too perfect. Then something terrible happens, and Cammy learns the truth about Patty Ann.
As a great wall of dust moves across their drought-stricken farm, a family's distress is relieved by a young man called Drylongso, who literally blows into their lives with the storm.
Thomas, Dorian, Justice, and Levi are bound together by their extrasensory powers. They journey to a future land where three-legged, humanlike creatures desperately seek water and a way out of their barren world. When jealousy tears the young people apart, survival -- and finding a way back to the present -- becomes the ultimate challenge.
Literature textbook for teens.
In this West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story, Lit'mahn spins thread into gold cloth for the king's new bride.
The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it, looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend -- two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who had made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there. The ghosts of the three were said to walk its rooms....
A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. "A must for mythology shelves. "--Booklist
An eleven-year-old and her older twin brothers struggle to understand their super sensory powers.
M. C. 's family is rooted to the slopes of Sarah's Mountain. His great-grandmother escaped to the mountain as a runaway slave and made it her home. It bears her name, and her descendants have lived there ever since. When M. C. looks out from atop the gleaming forty-foot pole that his father planted in the mountain for him -- a gift for swimming the Ohio River -- he sees only the rolling hills and shady valleys that stretch out for miles in front of him. And M. C. knows why his father never wants his family to leave. But when M. C. looks behind, he sees only the massive remains of strip mining -- a gigantic heap of dirt and debris perched threateningly on a cliff above his home. And M. C. knows they cannot stay. So when two strangers arrive in the hills, one bringing the promise of fame in the world beyond the mountains and the other the revelation that choice and action both lie within his grasp, M. C. 's life is changed -- forever. In 1974, Virginia Hamilton dazzled the world with her powerful account of a young man's coming of age trapped between heritage of his mountain home and his desires for the future. Twenty-five years later,M. C. Higgins, the Great remains the only novel ever to win the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and theBoston Globe/Horn BookAward. It is truly an American classic. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
A black family living in the house of long-dead abolitionist Dies Drear must decide what to do with his stupendous treasure, hidden for one hundred years in a cavern near their home.
24 folktales briefly and dramatically told lend themselves to be read aloud or acted out around campfires, on stormy nights, or to be discussed for readers of all ages. Their heroes prevail through cleverness, perseverance, quick thinking and, often, magic. The stories come from far and wide where enslavement of Africans was practiced from Portugal, to the United States, to the Cape Verde Islands. After each story, Virginia Hamilton, the Newberry Award winning author, provides concise information about its source, history, symbols, storytelling elements and interpretation. Find out how the lion who goes about scaring the other animals by roaring, "Me and myself!" is silenced, how Little Daughter evades a stalking wolf with her goodest, sweetest, song, and how a man whose horse and grandmother is killed by a bully, avoids being killed himself, becomes wealthy, and brings the brute to justice. In one story a young man uses his three obedient rabbits to outwit a princess, queen, and king, catching them in a sackful of lies. Another story warns that should you ever cut off a creature's big , long tail and eat it, it will come for you in the night calling for you to give it's, "tailypo," back. It will creep up your wall, through your window, across your floor, on to your bed and you'll be too scared to move, too scared to scream...
Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all semester.
Following the migration of stories during the Plantation Era, Virginia Hamilton presents a fascinating history of the first African Americans and the wonderful stories they brought with them to the West Indies and America.
In this spellbinding sequel to a best-selling novel, cousins Cammy Coleman and Eloise Odie are forced to face some dark family secrets when their second cousins visit from New York City.
Tree didn't know why Brother Rush, her dead uncle's ghost, had come, but she knew she must follow him through the magic mirror and learn the truth about her family. Perhaps it would help Dab, her retarded older brother, and her mother, who was often away.
Eleven-year-old Valena learns about her ancestry as stories passed down from one generation to the next. A novel based on Hamilton's own life.
This American Negro leader, author, and sociologist spent his life fighting for the rights of blacks everywhere.
In October of 1938, Willie Bea and her family are shocked when Aunt Leah reports some news she heard on the radio...something about Martians invading that planet!
Our idols often have a lot to do with our ideals, the things we consider most important in life. Elizabeth's idol is named Zeely. Elizabeth is convinced that Zeely is really a queen. Is she?
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