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COMING AUGUST 7
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A Long Time Coming

A Lyrical Biography of Race In America from Ona Judge to Barack Obama

Chronicling the struggles of six Black Americans from different eras, Shepard shows the ways in which each paved the way for those who followed. A perfect book for adding nonfiction to your English class. Learn more…

“An epic journey along Freedom’s road.”
—ALICE FAYE DUNCAN, author of
Martin, Memphis, and the Mountaintop

A Long Time Coming: A Lyrical Biography of Race In American from Ona Judge to Barack Obama by Ray Anthony Shepard

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Runaway

The Daring Escape of Ona Judge

The story of Ona Judge, who was enslaved by Martha and George Washington, and risked her life to emancipate herself. Ona’s story is told in a stunning poem and powerfully illustrated by the renowned artist Keith Mallett. Learn more…

  • Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book.
  • Notable Book by the Association for Library Services to Children.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People.

“a distinctive, haunting voice, and powerful images”
Kirkus, Stared Review

Runaway, The Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard
Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard

Now or Never!

54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery

A dual biography of George Stephens and James Henry Gooding, Civil War soldiers, and the first Black war correspondents’ expose the dangers and tragedies on and off the battlefield and the shocking injustices they endured in the Union Army. Learn more…

  • Carter J. Woodson Honor Book.

“Absolutely stellar.” – Kirkus, starred review

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