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  • Author: Marilyn Nelson
  • Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World

    Early 1940s history comes to life though the harmonious “voices” of the instruments in the international Sweethearts of Rhythm band and the evocative illustrations by Jerry Pinkney
  • A Wreath for Emmett Till

    Presents fifteen interlinked sonnets to pay tribute to Emmitt Till, a fourteen-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr's wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices--to speak what we see. Newbery Honor-winning poet Nelson offers an evocative tribute to a 14-year-old boy whose lynching in 1955 helps spark the civil rights movement.