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Martin Luther King, Jr. : man of peace
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Publication Information:
Hillside, N.J., U.S.A. ; Aldershot, Hants, U.K. : Enslow Publishers, [1991]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Simple text and illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of the revered civil rights worker.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 0.5 14577.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 15982 Guided reading level: L.
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E185.97.K5 M363 1991 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History
E185.97.K5 M363 1991 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Simple text and illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of the revered civil rights pioneer.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-These revised editions offer solid information. The insights into Reverend King's early life will aid readers in understanding how these years laid the foundation for his role in the civil rights movement. Mary McLeod Bethune, the 15th and first free-born child of former slaves, determinedly devoted her life to educating African Americans. Both titles include five short chapters simply written in respectful styles. The illustrations of the earlier editions have been replaced by average-quality, black-and-white photographs that lend historical perspective and validate the texts. Both volumes include updated lists for further reading and Web sites.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.