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MAHALIA JACKSON GOSPEL SINGER AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION (Young Patriot Series)

Author: Montrew Dunham

Illustrator: Cathy Morrison

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Publisher: Patria Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: "Haley" Jackson was born in New Orleans in 1911. She was blessed with a marvelous voice that helped her become one of the most popular gospel singers of the 20th Century. She was an active supporter of the Civil Rights movement and used her voice to comfort and console those who worked so hard and endured the pain of bringing about racial equality in the United States. By reading about her life as a young girl, it is easy to see how the events prepared her for her success. This historical fiction novel follows the childhood of Mahalia Jackson.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 5.5

Age of Child: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: By introducing readers to the early life of a famous person, these books illustrate how life experiences, and personal qualities and characteristics shape your future. Mahalia Jackson is just an excellent story.

Pros: Like the other novels in this series, this book enlightens readers about great Americans. It is written perfectly for its readership level.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found at bn.com (Barnes & Noble) or borders.com.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FREDERICK DOUGLASS: YOUNG DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS (Young Patriot Series)   JULIETTE LOW GIRL SCOUT FOUNDER (Young Patriot Series)   GIRLS WHO GREW UP GREAT; A BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR GIRLS ABOUT AMAZING WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 5.5

Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, middle grade series, biography, music, performing arts, Black History, 1960s

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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