Happy Wednesday and welcome to my spotlight on LORETTA LITTLE LOOKS BACK: THREE VOICES GO TELL IT! This book is truly amazing and I’m so so excited to for you to find out more about LORETTA LITTLE and Andrea Davis Pinkney, plus enter to win a print copy!
Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 29, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
From bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the dramatic events that led to African Americans earning the right to vote.
"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.
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction and Coretta Scott King Award winner who writes about African-American culture. In addition to her work as an author, Andrea has had an illustrious career as a children’s book publisher and editor, including as founder of the “first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company”: Jump at the Sun at Hyperion Books for Children, the Disney Book Group (now Disney Publishing Worldwide). She is also vice president and editor-at-large for Scholastic Trade Books.
Her books have won the Coretta Scott King Award and been a Coretta Scott King Honor book, have been ALA Notable Books five times, School Library Journal best books three times, New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable books, and more.
Andrea is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a former member of the Newhouse School’s Board of Trustees. She lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.
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