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No Crystal Stair
A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
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By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
©2012
Carolrhoda Lab ™

ISBN-10: 0-7613-6169-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6169-5

Pages: 192
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Dewey: 381'.45002097471
Reading Level: 7

Interest Level: 7-12
Ages: 12-18

ATOS Quiz #: 149852
ATOS AR Points: 5.00
ATOS: 5.50

Lexile Level: 850
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by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

"You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?"

Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white ...
Author Biography, Afterword, Bibliography, Black-and-White Illustrations, Black-and-White Photographs, Further Reading, Index, Original Artwork, Photo Captions, Primary Source Quotations, Websites
About the Author
The youngest of five children, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson grew up in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. She is the author of No Crystal Stair (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Carolrhoda Books, 2009) and Almost to Freedom (Carolrhoda Books 2003). She co-authored Juneteenth (Millbrook, 2006) with her husband, Drew Nelson. Nelson won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction in 2012 for No Crystal Stair, the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Colin Bootman's illustrations. She has been a teacher, a newspaper reporter, a bookseller, a school librarian, and twice a member of the Newbery Award Committee. Nelson holds master's degrees from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (Vermont) and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science, where she specialized in children's services. She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Point Park University in Pittsburgh in conjunction with delivering the 2006 commencement address. The author is a youth services librarian at the public library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where she lives with her husband.
About the Illustrator
R. Gregory Christie is a three-time recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration for The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children (1996), Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (2006), and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth (2001). Two of his books, Only Passing Through and Stars in Darkness, have been included in the New York Times’ Year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books. His other two titles—The Deaf Musicians (2007), written by folk icon Pete Seeger, and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler—are both major award winners from the American Librarian Association. A jazz fan himself, Greg has also illustrated numerous jazz album covers and is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. He recently had his book Yesterday I Had the Blues animated and showcased on the PBS television show Between the Lions and completed an animated HBO Kids short movie for educational DVD company, Sweet Blackberry, with actresses Queen Latifah and Karyn Parsons. He is presently traveling around the country on a "working tour," doing school visits by day and painting at night. You can find out more about Greg online at www.gas-art.com.
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"An extraordinary, inspiring book to put into the hands of scholars and skeptics alike." --starred, The Horn Book Magazine
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"Nelson and Christie deliver an engrossing blend of history, art, and storytelling in this deeply moving tribute to a singular individual." --starred, Publishers Weekly
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"Eye-opening....This book will capture readers' interest from the first pages and they will find themselves still thinking about it weeks later." —VOYA
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