RICHARD WRIGHT AND THE LIBRARY
New York : Lee & Low Books,
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
Wright was an African American author. This fictional account of one part
of his life takes place in the 1920's. Richard's mother had taught him
to read by using the newspaper. He then read everything he could get his
hands on. At age seventeen he left his home in the South to travel north
to Chicago to find a better life for himself. His first stop on his trip
north was Memphis. Here he found a job sweeping the floors and doing odd
jobs in an optician's office. Richard wanted to read but was not allowed
to take books out of the library because he was Black. He would not let
this stop him. Richard knew how important it was to read and learn if he
were to be successful. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were
not allowed to do something as simple as borrowing a book from the library!
I know you will enjoy reading this book and learning if Richard was able
to read the books he wanted, even in the deeply segregated South.
(Jeannie Bellavance firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Reader's Choice Awards)
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960 -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Books and reading -- Fiction.
Libraries -- Fiction.
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