A Sweet Smell of Roses

There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.

Inspired by the countless young people who took a stand against the forces of injustice, two Coretta Scott King Honorees, Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez, offer a stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

For more stories about the girls and women of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History.

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"The only color that appears in this book is the deep red of the ribbon around the neck of Minnie's teddy bear, the U.S. flag, and the roses. Without going into much detail, this book nonetheless drives home the fact that children were involved in the movement and makes the experience more real for those just learning about this chapter of American history." –Mary N. Oluonye, School Library Journal


Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Angela Johnson
Illustrator Eric Velasquez
ISBN 0689832524
Publication Date Nov 30, 2004
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Language English