The Many Faces of Josephine Baker (Paperback)

Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy (Women of Action)

By Peggy Caravantes

Chicago Review Press, 9781613738320, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/1/2015)

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With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker used her comic and musical abilities to become a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II and adoption of 12 children—her “rainbow tribe.” The lush photographs, in-depth appendix, source notes and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan or history buff.

About the Author

Peggy Caravantes is a former English and history teacher, middle school principal and deputy school superintendent. She is the author of 16 books for middle grades and young adult readers, including Marooned in the Arctic, American Hero: The Audie Murphy Story and Petticoat Spies: Six Women Spies of the Civil War. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Praise For The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy (Women of Action)

“A fascinating, compelling story of a remarkably resilient woman who overcame poverty and racial prejudice to become an international celebrity.” —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] balanced and readable biography.” —Booklist Online

“Baker's story is inspiring enough to provide interesting reading beyond simple report writing. Recommended especially for collections in African American and women's studies, but it may also be useful for history and entertainment buffs in general.” —School Library Journal