Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

By: Ashley Bryan

In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. He endured the terrible lies white officers told about the black soldiers to isolate them from anyone who showed kindness—including each other. He received worse treatment than even Nazi POWs. He was assigned the grimmest, most horrific tasks, like burying fallen soldiers…but was told to remove the black soldiers first because the media didn’t want them in their newsreels. And he waited and wanted so desperately to go home, watching every white soldier get safe passage back to the United States before black soldiers were even a thought.

For the next forty years, Ashley would keep his time in the war a secret. But now, he tells his story. The story of the kind people who supported him. The story of the bright moments that guided him through the dark. And the story of his passion for art that would save him time and time again.

“A Note About the Children.” Sources. Index. Full-color illustrations and reproductions.

ISBN: 9781534404908

JLG Release: Feb 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Ashley Bryan (1923– ) , US illustrators , Biography and autobiography , African American illustrators , US soldiers , African American soldiers , World War II (1939–1945) , African American participation in World War II , Twentieth–century history , Military and wars

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award Honoree - 2020

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Book Details

ISBN

9781534404908

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

10" x 11"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.6; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 990L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

Ashley Bryan (1923– ), US illustrators, Biography and autobiography, African American illustrators, US soldiers, African American soldiers, World War II (1939–1945), African American participation in World War II, Twentieth–century history, Military and wars,

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