Pathfinders (Hardcover)

The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls

By Tonya Bolden

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419714559, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

List Price: 24.95*
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About the Author

Tonya Bolden’s work has garnered much praise, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, James Madison Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and the Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book for Young Adults list. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @tonyaboldenbook.  

Praise For Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls

"A lively volume and an excellent approach to U.S. history."

"The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work... Teachers and librarians seeking to further develop their history and biography collections will be thrilled with this fine offering."

"Detailed descriptions and sidebars offer rich portraits of each person’s life and era, and period illustrations and photographs lend further depth to figures who will likely be unfamiliar to many readers."

"A well-researched book introducing a varied group of African Americans who excelled in their own, individual ways."

"Bolden relates the tales of her subjects with a zest that will make for great classroom readalouds."

"This attractive book is well laid-out with pictures and text boxes that enhance the clearly written text...During Black History Month, it would be an outstanding resource to expand students’ knowledge beyond the typical subjects of study."

"This book is a fascinating, well-written account of the lives of some obscure African-Americans. Organized in a rough chronological order...the book sheds light on their abilities to overcome racism through education and employment."