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Sweethearts of Rhythm

Title

Sweethearts of Rhythm

Authors

Marilyn Nelson

Illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

Publisher

Dial Books

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780803731875

Pages

80 pages

Genre

biography

Format

poetry

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.

Grade Level

3-5

Topic

Racial Diversity; Interracial; interracial friendship

Main Character

girls

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

none

Awards

Amelia Bloomer List, 2010
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010
Booklist Editors Choice: Books for Youth, 2009
Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth, 2009
Booklist Top 10 Black History Books for Youth, 2010
Distinguished Books, 2009
Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2009
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010
Notable Children's Books, 2010
Notable Childrens Books in the Language Arts, 2010
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2009
Pure Poetry, 2009
Washington Post Best Kid's Books, 2009
Ohioana Book Award, 2010, Finalist, Juvenile Literature
School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books, 2010, Nominee
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2010, Nominee, Young Adult

Keywords

women; jazz musicians; big bands; Jim Crow

Diversity Impact

direct

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