Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It

ISBN-10: 0316536776
ISBN-13: 9780316536776
Author: Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Illustrated by: Pinkney, Brian
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: September 2020

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 288


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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Y
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.2
Accelerated Reader Points: 6.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

Description
From award-winning husband and wife team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the dramatic events that led to African Americans earning the right to vote. "Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -Loretta. "I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -Roly. "I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there's nothing bad about being bold." -Aggie B. Loretta, Roly and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories - beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 -- come together to create one unforgettable journey. Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling's oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America's struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel's unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.
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