'Streetcar to Justice' Wins Septima Clark Book Award
January 4, 2020
Hello, Friends, and Happy New Year!
I'm delighted to announce that my tenth book, Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York, won the inaugural Septima Clark Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. The award is given to "the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting women's issues globally."
NCSS is the same national organization that administers the long-standing Carter G. Woodson Awards with which many of us are familiar.
Streetcar to Justice, published Jan. 2, 2018, earned starred reviews from both Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus. The book is an American Library Association Notable Book 2019.
"Streetcar" is my first book for middle-grade to adult readers. It is the first biography of Elizabeth Jennings (Graham), the Rosa Parks of Old New York who was all-but-forgotten by time. I located and studied original sources including stories published in long-defunct newspapers from the 1830s. This is the first time her full story has been confirmed.
I am now at work on a picture book, a novel for adults, and two non-fiction books for adults. I don't recommend working on four book projects at the same time but, as always, I am following the muse.
Here's to a happy and creative New Year to each of you!