The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton
  

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

Written by Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton
Illustrated by Don Tate

Synopsis

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace and was eventually elected into the United States Congress. This biography, with its informative backmatter and splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the fi rst African-American congressmen.

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words'The Amazing Age'emphasize how many more freedoms African-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.

Booklist (STARRED review) The fascinating story of John Roy Lynch's life in slavery to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives at age 25 gets a stirring treatment here. . . . The complete time line at the end of the book helps fill in the gaps, and the story generates interest that will encourage additional research. Publishers Weekly (STARRED review) Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them. Kirkus Reviews Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words--'The Amazing Age'--emphasize how many more freedoms African-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering. School Library Journal In this inspiring picture book biography, Barton recounts how John Roy Lynch went from teenage slave to state representative in just 10 years during Reconstruction. . . . Tate's illustrations, rendered in mixed media, ink, and gouache on watercolor paper, are extraordinary and carry the lengthy story well. . . . Teachers will find this remarkable story of hope and perseverance a valuable supplement to social studies lessons on the Civil War and Black History Month. Librarian's Quest (blog) What is most impressive about the writing of Chris Barton in this title is his ability to captivate the reader immediately with his frank discussion of the events in which John Roy was born, raised and lived. . . . Don Tate recreates historical Mississippi for readers. Gorgeous two page spreads with intricate detail depict momentous occasions in John Roy Lynch's life and in the lives of others. . . . A remarkable biography. This is a man with whom we should all be familiar. The blend of narrative and pictures is compelling from beginning to end. Shelf-Employed (blog) More than just an inspirational story of a former slave who becomes a landholder, judge, and United States Congressman, it is a story that focuses on the great possibilities presented during the period of Reconstruction. . . . A powerful, historical reminder of what was, what might have been, and what is.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch is a book that belongs on library shelves everywhere. It is beautifully executed, interesting, and not to be missed. Nonfiction Detectives (blog) Barton highlights Lynch's ingenuity, focus, and luck. . . . Tate successfully balances the cheerfulness of Lynch's accomplishments with the dark times of violence. Librarian's Quest (blog) What is most impressive about the writing of Chris Barton in this title is his ability to captivate the reader immediately with his frank discussion of the events in which John Roy was born, raised and lived. . . . Don Tate recreates historical Mississippi for readers. Gorgeous two page spreads with intricate detail depict momentous occasions in John Roy Lynch's life and in the lives of others. . . . A remarkable biography. This is a man with whom we should all be familiar. The blend of narrative and pictures is compelling from beginning to end. Shelf-Employed (blog) More than just an inspirational story of a former slave who becomes a landholder, judge, and United States Congressman, it is a story that focuses on the great possibilities presented during the period of Reconstruction. . . . A powerful, historical reminder of what was, what might have been, and what is. CCBC Choices 2016

-Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them.-

-Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words--'The Amazing Age'--emphasize how many more freedoms African-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.-

-This beautiful biography should be in every library frequented by young readers and introduced to them by parents and teachers who will also be amazed by the time and the man introduced to them in these pages.-

-A great introduction to some hard subjects -- slavery and Reconstruction -- for upper elementary and middle school readers. . . . Highly recommended.-

-I can't recall when I've seen a book for children that is so deliberate about calling out racism for what it is. And [Chris Barton] does it with such clear, simple language, making this complex period in history accessible to young readers, just as Don Tate's clear stylized illustrations do. Even though the illustrations use a cartoon style, there are no happy, smiling slaves here. What we see instead is the pain and suffering they endured and later, the look of pride and determination on the face of John Roy Lynch, a free man. . . . Chris Barton's book can serve as a model for White authors who choose to write about African American history for children.-

-Chris Barton has penned another fascinating picture-book biography. . . . With its timeline and engaging mixed-media illustrations by Don Tate, this book helps to fill the big gap for books about the Reconstruction Era.- CCBCChoices 2016

Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them.

Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words 'The Amazing Age

-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.

This beautiful biography should be in every library frequented by young readers and introduced to them by parents and teachers who will also be amazed by the time and the man introduced to them in these pages.

A great introduction to some hard subjects slavery and Reconstruction for upper elementary and middle school readers. . . . Highly recommended.

Reading While White(blog)

Washington Parent

CCBCChoices 2016

Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them.

Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words 'The Amazing Age

-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.

This beautiful biography should be in every library frequented by young readers and introduced to them by parents and teachers who will also be amazed by the time and the man introduced to them in these pages.

A great introduction to some hard subjects slavery and Reconstruction for upper elementary and middle school readers. . . . Highly recommended.

I can't recall when I've seen a book for children that is so deliberate about calling out racism for what it is. And [Chris Barton] does it with such clear, simple language, making this complex period in history accessible to young readers, just as Don Tate's clear stylized illustrations do. Even though the illustrations use a cartoon style, there are no happy, smiling slaves here. What we see instead is the pain and suffering they endured and later, the look of pride and determination on the face of John Roy Lynch, a free man. . . . Chris Barton's book can serve as a model for White authors who choose to write about African American history for children.

Chris Barton has penned another fascinating picture-book biography. . . . With its timeline and engaging mixed-media illustrations by Don Tate, this book helps to fill the big gap for books about the Reconstruction Era.

Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them.

Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words'The Amazing Age'emphasize how many more freedoms African-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.

About the Author

Chris Barton won a Sibert Honour in 2010 for his first book, The Day-Glo Brothers (Charlesbridge Publishing). He also wrote Shark vs. Train, which garnered numerous awards and was a New York Times bestseller. He currently lives in Texas. Visit his website at www.chrisbarton.info. Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his book It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books). Visit his website at www.dontate.com.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
50 pages
Interest Age: From 7 to 10 years

Author

Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton
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Publisher

William B Eerdmans Publishing Co

Publication date

5th June 2015

ISBN

9780802853790


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