So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’ Long Walk to Freedom

By: Gary D. Schmidt

Illustrator: Daniel Minter

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.
Biographical note. Bibliography. Artist’s note. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781626728721

JLG Release: Nov 2018

Sensitive Areas: Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context
Topics: Sojourner Truth (1799–1883) , Slavery , African American abolitionists , Social reformers , Women , Nineteenth-century US history

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Awards & Honors

2019 Carter G. Woodson Book Award Honor, Middle Level
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019
Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction - 2018

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Book Details



First Release

November 2018



Dewey Classification

305.5/67/0924 B

Trim Size

11" X 8"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 950L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Roaring Brook

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Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context


Sojourner Truth (1799–1883), Slavery, African American abolitionists, Social reformers, Women, Nineteenth-century US history,

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