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Title:
Rebels against slavery : American slave revolts
Author:
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1996.
Physical Description:
181 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.5 5.0 62191.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.9 11 Quiz: 09614 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780590457354
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Book

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Summary

Summary

From Colonial times to the Emancipation Proclamation, the stories of African-Americans who fought to free themselves and their people from slavery.


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)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. The McKissacks present a fascinating cast: the men and women who led slave revolts in the Americas. Among those introduced are Toussaint-Louverture, a skillful general who led a revolt in Haiti; Gabriel Prosser, a Virginia slave who was inspired by Toussaint-Louverture; and Cinque, who gave captured Africans a face and a name, as well as more familiar names, such as Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner. There is also information about day-to-day resistance and alliances between African and Native Americans, especially those between runaway slaves and the Seminole tribe in Florida. Acknowledgment is given to the white people, especially the Quakers and Methodists, who helped the cause of abolition, but the McKissacks make it clear that numerous blacks, known and unknown to history, took their fate into their own hands by securing their freedom and rescuing others. The writing itself is informative, though occasionally garbled; sometimes it's hard to know to what a pronoun refers. To be illustrated with black-and-white photographs. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and many lesser-known leaders of slave rebellions are featured in this historical tribute; photographs, drawings, a timeline and a bibliography round out the volume. Ages 8-14. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-The McKissacks explore slave revolts and the men and women who led them, weaving a tale of courage and defiance in the face of tremendous odds. Readers learn not only about Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey, but also about Cato, Gabriel Prosser, the maroons, and the relationship between escaped slaves and Seminole Indians. The activities of abolitionists are described as well. The authors' careful research, sensitivity, and evenhanded style reveal a sad, yet inspiring story of the will to be free. Black-and-white reproductions of paintings, drawings, and documents appear throughout. A fine contribution to a growing body of literature about the African American experience.æCarol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.