Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It

By: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

"Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -- Loretta

"I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -- Roly

"I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there's nothing bad about being bold." -- Aggie B.

Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories -- beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 -- come together to create one unforgettable journey.

Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling's oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America's struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel's unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.

Author’s note. Note on the dramatic form. Artist’s note. Information about sharecroppers in the American South and notable figures mentioned in book, with black-and-white historical photographs. Suggestions for further reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780316536776

JLG Release: Feb 2021


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Hate Crimes
Topics: Family life , African Americans , Sharecroppers , Civil rights movements , Twentieth-century history of Mississippi , Intergenerational stories

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

Grades 5-7

14 titles/year

$228.20/year

Book Details

ISBN

9780316536776

First Release

February 2021

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Crime: Hate Crimes

Topics

Family life, African Americans, Sharecroppers, Civil rights movements, Twentieth-century history of Mississippi, Intergenerational stories,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Book Genres

Historical Fiction

Recommended Titles From Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

$16.30

Three Keys

by Kelly Yang

Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

$16.30

Fly on the Wall

by Remy Lai

Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

$16.30

Something to Say

by Lisa Moore Ramée

Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

$16.30
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.