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Miller, William
New York : Lee & Low Books, 1997.
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
ISBN 1880000881
Richard 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 for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Wright, Richard, 1908-1960 -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Books and reading -- Fiction.
                        Libraries -- Fiction.


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