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Coretta Scott King Book Award

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      Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

      by Alice Faye Duncan

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2019 Illustrator Honor
      $12.75  $10.00  Member Price
      In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city’s refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called to help with the protests. While his presence was greatly inspiring to the community, this unfortunately would be his last stand for justice. He was assassinated in his Memphis hotel the day after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon in Mason Temple Church. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.
      Memphis sanitation strike time line. Museum to visit. Sources. Source notes. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      The Parker Inheritance

      by Varian Johnson

      May 2018

      Advanced Readers

      2019 Author Honor
      $16.99  $16.00  Member Price
      The letter waits in a book . . . in a box . . . in an attic . . . in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. Author’s note.

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      2018 Illustrator Honor
      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      Mare’s War

      by Tanita S. Davis

      Jul 2009

      History High

      2010 Author Honor
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      Sisters Tali and Octavia want to spend their summer break relaxing with friends. Instead, their parents are forcing them to take a road trip with their sports-car-driving, pushup-bra-wearing Grandma Mare to a family reunion in Alabama. Luckily, Mare knows a thing or two about willful teens, having been one herself: at age sixteen, she ran away from home to join the Women's Army Corps during World War II. As Mare's story unfolds, Tali and Octavia discover their family history and heritage-and a lot about themselves as well. A 2010 Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
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