Bessie Smith and the Night Riders

By Sue Stauffacher; John Holyfield (Illustrator)
(Putnam Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780399242373, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 5, 2006

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Description
Even though she can t afford a ticket to see the great blues singer Bessie Smith perform, Emmarene listens outside Bessie's tent that is, until she bursts into the show to warn the crowd: The Night Riders have come

Bessie marches right outside and confronts the Night Riders by giving one of her famous low moans that says, "I may be down and out, but I ain t gonna take it no more." But will that be enough to scare them off ?

Based on a true incident, Bessie Smith and the Night Riders is a powerful story of facing down danger and standing up for what's right. With John Holyfield's luminous paintings setting the stage, readers will be cheering for Bessie and Emmarene all the way to their final bow.




About the Author
Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for over ten years. The author lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

"From the Hardcover edition."



John Holyfield's first picture book was The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers, for which he received a Flying Start in Publishers Weekly. A renowned fine artist, his paintings and prints can be found in galleries nationwide. John began painting at the age of nine, and his work is rich in cultural themes that capture the essence of the African American experience. John lives and paints in Rosemont, West Virginia.
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