Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Author and Illustrator
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Sibert Honor Book
Longlisted for the National Book Award
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

Product Code: 8878
ISBN: 9781541581203
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Lerner Books
Pages: 32
Published Date: 02/02/2021
Availability:In stock
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Price: $17.99

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history.

The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community.

News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.

Ages 8 to 11


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“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Unspeakable deserves to be read by every student of American history.” - starred, BookPage

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