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Strength Like a Rock
--selected by Cindy Welch, Reviewer
African-American History Month is upon us and this monthís dozens celebrates the power and determination of strong black females, young and old, who rise to the occasion, sustain family, and carry forward the dreams of a nation.
- Belton, Sandra. Store-Bought Baby. Greenwillow, 2006. Gr. 7-10
Leah faces questions about her own worth and the meaning of families past, present, and future when her beloved adoptive brother is killed. (BCCB 6/06) (See also Beltonís Ernestine & Amanda titles.)
- Flake, Sharon G. Begging for Change. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2003. Gr. 7-10
Afraid of turning into a drunken do-nothing like her father, Raspberry decides to makes some changes in her life after she finds herself stealing money from her best friend, Zora. (BCCB 7/03)
- Freedman, Russell. The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. Clarion, 2004. Gr. 5-8
Marian Anderson's talent was bigger than the prejudice that barred her from Constitution Hall; she stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave a concert none would soon forget. (BCCB 7/04)
- Johnson, Angela. Just Like Josh Gibson; illus. by Beth Peck. Simon, 2004. 5-8 yrs
A young girl hears the story of the day her grandma as a young girl saved the baseball game for the Maple Grove All-Stars, a day when Grandma played "just like Josh Gibson." (BCCB 3/04)
- Jones, Traci L. Standing Against the Wind. Farrar, 2006. Gr. 4-7
Eighth-grader Patrice wants to attend prestigious Dogwood Academy prep school, but first she has to get past school bullies and her mother's mysterious reluctance to sign the application. (BCCB 12/06)
- Kurtz, Jane. In the Small, Small Night; illus. by Rachel Isadora. Amistad/Greenwillow, 2005. 5-8 yrs
On a lonely night in America, far away from the land of their birth, older sister Abena comforts younger brother Kofi with tales from their Ghanian heritage. (BCCB 3/05)
- McKissack, Patricia C. and Moss, Onawumi Jean. Precious and the Boo Hag; illus. by Kyrsten Brooker. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2005. 4-6 yrs.
Brave Precious, left home for the day with a stomachache, protects the house from Pruella, the not-so-smart but very scary Boo Hag. (BCCB 1/05)
(See also other great McKissack titles about strong, clever girls, such as Flossie and the Fox and Mirandy and Brother Wind.)
- Miller, Norma. Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller; ed. by Alan Govenar; illus. by Martin French. Candlewick, 2006. Gr. 4-8
Norma Miller debuted at the Savoy when she was twelve, beginning a professional dance career that led to her having her own dance company and to kicking her heels all across Europe and South America as well as the United States. (BCCB 4/06)
- Nolen, Jerdine. Thunder Rose; illus. by Kadir Nelson. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 3-5
Born on a night filled with thunder and lightning, young Thunder Rose wrangles bulls and bad guys and de-fangs a tornado with a sweet voice straight from her heart. (BCCB 1/04)
- Smith, Sherri L. Sparrow. Delacorte, 2006. Gr. 7-10
Seventeen-year-old Kendall leaves Chicago for New Orleans to find her one remaining family member, but the person she discovers is her own independent self. (BCCB 10/06)
- Stroud, Bettye. Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom; illus. by Erin Susanne Bennett. Candlewick, 2005. 5-8 yrs
Hannah learns the secrets of the quilt map from her mother before she dies and, when Hannah and her father take to the road, they follow its code to freedom in the north. (BCCB 1/05)
- Weatherford, Carole Boston. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; illus. by Jerome Lagarrigue. Dial, 2005. 6-9 yrs
Connie must watch the sit-ins rather than participate as her older brother and sister do, but the historic day comes when she joins then at the lunch counter and is served just like anyone else. (BCCB 2/05)
- Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon; illus. by E.B. Lewis. Putnam, 2004. 5-8 yrs
Three generations of women sustain each other through letters and hope, as young Ada Ruth and her grandmother keep watch for her mother who has gone north to work during World War II. (BCCB 2/05)
- Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way; illus. by Hudson Talbott. Putnam, 2005. 6-9 yrs.
Soonie's Great-Grandma, then Mathis May, then one unnamed, then Soonie and all her female descendents express their lives in beautiful handmade quilts. (BCCB 1/06)
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