Advanced Search
My Book List Manage Click the plus symbol to
add books to your list.
    To save and return to your Book List later, please sign in or register.
    Lerner Publishing Group > Book-Details
    Book-Details
    • Front Cover
      https://assets.lernerbooks.com/g/p/9780761361695fc_XLarge.jpg
    • Back Cover
      https://assets.lernerbooks.com/g/p/9780761361695bc_XLarge.jpg
    • Spread
      https://assets.lernerbooks.com/g/p/9780761361695sp_XLarge.jpg
    • Spread Lens
      https://assets.lernerbooks.com/g/p/9780761361695sl_XLarge.png
    • Font Lens
      https://assets.lernerbooks.com/g/p/9780761361695fl_XLarge.png
    No Crystal Stair
    A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
    Library Bound
    Also available in: E-Book
    ©2012
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6169-5
    AR Quiz #: 149852
    AR Points: 5.00
    ATOS Level: 5.50
    Lexile Level: 850
    SRC Reading Level: 5.5
    Pages: 192
    Trim Size: 7 x 10
    Dewey: 381'.45002097471
    Reading Grade Level: 7
    Interest Grade Level: 7-12
    Ages: 12-18
    Does this title correlate to your standards?
    2 Download(s)

    17 Award(s)

    8 Review(s)
    List Price : $17.95
    You Save 25%

    $13.46
    In Stock
    See what other
    customers are buying
    Font Lens
    eSource Downloads
    Additional Websites PDF
    Journalism Assignment PDF
    Michaux Family Tree PDF
    Research Project PDF
    Download All
    Book Video
    Video
    All Downloads
    Discussion Guide PDF
    Bookmark PDF
    Download All
    DESCRIPTION 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 banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don’t read," Lewis took five books and one hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

    In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

    "My life was no crystal stair, far from it. But I'm taking my leave with some pride. It tickles me to know that those folks who said I could never sell books to black people are eating crow. I'd say my seeds grew pretty damn well. And not just the book business. It's the more important business of moving our people forward that has real meaning."


    Images of the Interactive Book in Action
     
    Lerner Interactive Books introduce students to knowledge areas in core grade-level curriculum in an engaging format. With titles that span curriculum themes from pre-K - 5th grade, Lerner Interactive Books give readers a digital option for reading that allows them to read, hear, and interact in a way that will engage and motivate them to read more and more often. It's a fast path to deepening students' love of reading and learning.
             
    From the opening page, audio and visual cues and easy-to-use tools help guide your students through the story. As the story begins, words are highlighted while they're read aloud. This type of word distinction better supports letter and word recognition skills, and keeps kids focused on the structure of how to read.
    WATCH, LISTEN, AND LEARN

    System Requirements

    Lerner Interactive Books are delivered via the Internet under a single-user license. Additional licensing options are available upon request.

    The following technical specifications are required to implement Lerner Interactive Books in a school or public library:

    • * T1 Connection or higher at building level (minimum); T3 Connection or higher at building level (recommended)
    • * Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or higher installed on each computer that will access Lerner Interactive Books (free download from Adobe)
    • * Screen resolution adjusted to 1024 x 768 or higher (1440 x 900 recommended)
    • * Recommended monitor screen size: 17" or higher
    • * Speakers or headsets
    For Windows
    • * Microsoft Windows XP
    • * Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space (Browser Cache)
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
    • * Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
    • * Firefox 3.0
    • * Sound Card
    For Mac
    • * Mac OSX v.10.4
    • * Power PC G5 or Intel processor
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
    • * Firefox 3.0
    • * Safari 3
    ​​​
    Book Features
    Afterword, Author Biography, Bibliography, Black-and-White Illustrations, Black-and-White Photographs, Further Reading, Index, Original Artwork, Photo Captions, Primary Source Quotations, Websites
    About the Author
    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.
    More
    About the Illustrator
    R. Gregory Christie's illustrations have earned him three Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times' annual Best Illustrated Children's Books lists. He lives in Georgia.
    More
    Awards for this Title
    ABC Best Books for Children Catalog List
    Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Coretta Scott King Book Award
    Horn Book Best Books of the Year
    Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
    New Mexico-Arizona Book Award
    Notable Books for a Global Society
    Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
    School Library Journal Best Book
    Tayshas Reading List
    YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
    Starred Reviews
    The Horn Book Magazine
    "An extraordinary, inspiring book to put into the hands of scholars and skeptics alike." --starred, The Horn Book Magazine
    Publishers Weekly
    "Nelson and Christie deliver an engrossing blend of history, art, and storytelling in this deeply moving tribute to a singular individual." --starred, Publishers Weekly
    Other Reviews
    The Horn Book Guide
    VOYA
    "Eye-opening....This book will capture readers' interest from the first pages and they will find themselves still thinking about it weeks later." —VOYA