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Stone, Tanya Lee.
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 8.0
ISBN 0763651176

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Courage Has No Color tells the story of the Triple Nickles, an all-black paratrooper unit developed by First Sergeant Walter Morris during World War II. The first members of the Triple Nickles were soldiers stationed as guards at the Fort Benning Parachute School. Morris noticed a lack of pride and engagement in his soldiers, so he decided to start running them through the same training as the white paratroopers. Soon after, Morris was given commands to officially create the first all-black unit of paratroopers. While this seemed like a great success, racial prejudice and segregation were still deeply ingrained in the culture of the army. We learn about the unrelenting devotion of the members of the Triple Nickles to serve their country, despite them not being given the opportunity to go to battle, and we also learn about the larger story of discrimination in the United States during World War II.
  (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

The true story of the first African-American paratroopers formed during World War II.  Follow their struggle as they strive to overcome discrimination and rejection despite their exemplary efforts and training.  While they never did serve overseas in the war, they were sent on a secret mission to the western United States to find and dismantle balloon bombs sent over by the Japanese.  This is an inspiring story of courage and determination in spite of the many hardships they faced.    (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Award Committee)

SUBJECTS:     United States. Army Parachute troops.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American.
                        United States. Army African American troops.
                        African American soldiers -- History -- 20th century.

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