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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Hardcover – Picture Book, Feb. 2 2021

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"This moving account sheds light on shameful events long suppressed or ignored. All collections should consider this title's value in providing historical context to current conversations about racism and America's ongoing legacy of white supremacy."―starred, School Library Journal

Published On: 2021-02-01

"Unspeakable deserves to be read by every student of American history." ―starred, BookPage

Published On: 2021-01-11

"[S]ucceeds in teaching the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the legacy of Black Wall Street."―starred, Publishers Weekly

Published On: 2021-01-04

"Far from romanticizing history, Weatherford is equally descriptive in explaining how a false accusation of assault brought simmering racial tensions to a violent end . . . Cooper's illustrations ('oil and erasure') are the perfect partner to this history, the sepia-toned images resembling historical photographs. The portraits of Black residents are particularly moving, seeming to break the fourth wall to implore the reader to remember their story."―starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Published On: 2021-01-01

"Ideal for classroom libraries and a deeper study of American history, this title is a must-have for those seeking the painful and complete truth."―starred, Booklist

Published On: 2020-12-15

"A somber, well-executed addition to the history as the incident approaches its 100th anniversary."―starred, Kirkus Reviews

Published On: 2020-12-01

"These sensitively written, beautifully illustrated books restore this often-elided history while explaining the ensuing tragedy in a manner appropriate for children."―New York Times Book Review

Published On: 2021-05-28

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of numerous award-winning books. Her picture book BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood received a Newbery Honor. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by the late Floyd Cooper, was a National Book Award longlist title, won the Coretta Scott King Award for author and illustrator, and received a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives in North Carolina.

Floyd Cooper (1956-2021) was a Coretta Scott King Award winner and illustrator of numerous books for children including Ruth and the Green Book, A Spy Called James, and Max and the Tag-Along Moon. Unspeakable, one of his final picture books, was a National Book Award longlist title, a Sibert Honor book, and a Caldecott Honor book. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and went on to develop a distinctive art technique called oil erasure.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carolrhoda Books (Feb. 2 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1541581202
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1541581203
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 445 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 24.13 x 0.86 x 29.21 cm
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