Children & Teens Books of the Week

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The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Hero Cover Image
By Joan Dicicco, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620145647
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2019

Brave, innovative, and bold are just a few ways to describe The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan (Lee & Low, $19.95). Joan DiCicco’s incredible and well-researched detail, paired with Ebony Glenn’s illustrations, tells the story of a humble young sharecropper with a propensity for inventing. In the face of blatant racism and adversity, Morgan never took no for an answer, opting instead to go around, over, and through his obstacles. As a result, Morgan created and patented many life-saving and ingenious inventions such as the safety hood, electric hair-curling comb, and the first traffic light. Ages 7-10. Cherakye Lopez

Blast from the Past
The Pullman Porter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938164019
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Published: Vanita Books - February 1st, 2014

"Who was the most important African American in the 100 years following the end of the Civil War in 1865?" The Pullman Porter (VanitaBooks, $8.95). Recognizing how dirty, noisy and uncomfortable train travel could be, Chicago native George Pullman built the first fancy sleeping and dining railroad cars in 1857. After the Civil War, Pullman hired "the best and the brightest" freed slaves to work in his cars as porters. Porters were expected to tend to the needs of every passenger, serving as maid, shoeshine boy (porters were required to provide their own polish!) and childcare provider. By sharing the story of the Pullman porters, from ex-slaves to unionized workers to civil rights leaders, author Vanita Oelschlager and illustrator Mike Blanc tell America's story. Ages 7-10. Heidi Powell


YA Pick
Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629798813
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Published: Wordsong - October 8th, 2019

A stirring memoir in verse unearths the harrowing and resilient Ordinary Hazards (Wordsong, $19.99) award-winning author and poet Nikki Grimes has faced. Her early years were occupied by a mostly absent father and an unstable mother who was never able to properly care for her two daughters. Nikki and her sister moved from an abusive babysitter to several foster homes and eventually back to her mother. Her only relief came from books, poetry and writing, and from her faith. Readers will appreciate this intimate look into the formative years that deeply and forever shaped her work. Ages 14 and up. Colette Whitney