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Maritcha : a nineteenth-century American girl / Tonya Bolden.

By: Bolden, Tonya.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2005Description: 47 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 x 27 cm.ISBN: 0810950456; 9780810950450.Subject(s): Lyons, Maritcha Rémond, 1848-1929 -- Juvenile literature | African American girls -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Free African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature | New York (State) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature | New York (State) -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature | New York (State) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Maritcha.DDC classification: 974.7/1/00496073 Other classification: DX 4270 Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2006.Summary: Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Remond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Everyday experiences are interspersed with hight-point moments, such as visiting the U.S.'s first world's fair. Also included are the Draft Riots of 1863, when Maritcha and her siblings fled to Brooklyn while her parents stayed behind to protect their home. The book concludes with her fight to attend a whites-only high school in Providence, Rhode Island, and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class. The book includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations.
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Maps on lining papers.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 46).

Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Remond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Everyday experiences are interspersed with hight-point moments, such as visiting the U.S.'s first world's fair. Also included are the Draft Riots of 1863, when Maritcha and her siblings fled to Brooklyn while her parents stayed behind to protect their home. The book concludes with her fight to attend a whites-only high school in Providence, Rhode Island, and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class. The book includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations.

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 7.7 1.

Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2006.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Readers met Maritcha R?mond Lyons in Bolden's Tell All the Children Our Story (Abrams, 2002), in a one-page entry that included an excerpt from her unpublished memoir. The author has now expanded her use of Lyons's memoir, family archival materials, and other primary sources to tell the story of this free black child before, during, and after the Civil War. Maritcha's achievements were extraordinary for her time, gender, and race. During her youth in lower Manhattan, she was exposed to many strong, well-educated adults. Her parents, their friends (some well known), and her own determination carried her through difficult times, including the Draft Riots of 1863, the destruction of the family home and business, and a fight for public education. Strength of family and education were the driving forces in this girl's life. Bolden emphasizes these themes as she skillfully presents interesting facts and a personal view of an often-overlooked segment of history. While the book focuses on Maritcha's childhood, a concluding note discusses her adulthood. (Lyons spent close to 50 years as an educator, including a term as assistant principal of Brooklyn's Public School No. 83.) A number of family documents and photographs are included; period sketches and paintings complete the picture of 19th-century life in New York City. The high quality of writing and the excellent documentation make this a first choice for all collections.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Tonya Bolden is the author of ten books, including "Strong Men Keep Coming", "The Family Heirloom Cookbook", & "33 Things Every Girl Should Know". She lives in Brooklyn, New York. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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