Barbara Johns grew up to become a librarian in the Philadelphia school system. The Girl from the Tar Paper School mixes biography with social history and is illustrated with family photos, images of the school and town, and archival documents from classmates and local and national news media. The book includes a civil rights timeline, bibliography, and index.
Sometimes the word “love” doesn’t need to be spoken.A deaf man and a hearing woman fall in love. This is a story about reaching across distances, and the things we do to get through to each other. This is a short story, approximately 6,500 words. (15 pages)An earlier version of this short story was…
"An important glimpse into the early civil rights movement."
"Based largely on interviews, memoirs, and other primary source material, and liberally illustrated with photographs, this well-researched slice of civil rights history will reward readers who relish true stories of unsung heroes."
The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books