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Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls
Contributor(s): Bolden, Tonya
ISBN: 1419714554     ISBN-13: 9781419714559
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
    OUR PRICE: $22.50  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2017
Annotation: Profiles sixteen high-achieving African Americans, including magician Richard Potter, concert singer Sissieretta Jones, and architect Paul R. Williams.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Successful people; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: 920.0092/96073
LCCN: 2015043356
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (1.85 lbs) 124 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 189304
Reading Level: 8.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
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Contributor Bio(s):
Award-winning author Tonya Bolden’s books have garnered much praise and earned countless starred reviews. Her books have been won the James Madison Book Award and have been named the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, YALSA Best Book of the Year, and CCBC Best Book of the Year. Bolden’s works were twice nominated for an NAACP award, for her books Searching for Sarah Rector and Beautiful Moon. She won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl. Bolden’s acclaimed works include Capital Days: Michael Shiners Journal and the Growth of Our Nations Capital; Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty; 12 Days of New York; George Washington Carver; M.L.K.: Journey Of A King; Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America; and Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
An uplifting collection chronicling sixteen African American dreamers and achievers, including filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Each concise snapshot features clear and engaging writing and an attractive design incorporating historical documents and photographs, "In His/Her Time" sidebars, and a timeline. This is an excellent middle-school introduction to lesser-known black historical figures. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 November #2)
In an immersive series of brief, chronological biographies, Bolden (Capital Days) highlights 16 pioneering African-American men and women, beginning with Venture Smith—the son of a West African prince who was sold into slavery, freed himself and his family, and fought during the Revolutionary War—and concluding with mathematician and NASA researcher Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. Detailed descriptions and sidebars offer rich portraits of each person's life and era, and period illustrations and photographs lend further depth to figures who will likely be unfamiliar to many readers, including soprano Sissieretta Jones, banker Maggie Lena Walker, and WWI combat pilot Eugene Bullard. While recognizing these individuals' accomplishments, Bolden makes it clear that countless other innovative and brave black citizens blazed trails alongside them. Ages 10–14. Agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 November)
Gr 5–8—The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work. Bolden makes use of a variety of features to convey information in an accessible yet deeply enlightening manner. For instance, sidebars titled "In His/Her Time" provide historical context without burdening the main text with lengthy exposition. With a variety of subjects in different fields, from a magician to a mathematician, a bank founder to a race car driver, there is plenty of fresh report material within these pages. The clean layout and the smart design make for a book that is not only expertly researched but attractive as well. (Each chapter receives its own color palette, visually linking the content within that section together.) VERDICT Teachers and librarians seeking to further develop their history and biography collections will be thrilled with this fine offering.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.