Bessie Smith and the Night Riders (Hardcover)

By Sue Stauffacher, John Holyfield (Illustrator)

Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399242373, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2006

List Price: 16.99*
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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.