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As Fast as Words Could Fly

Pamela M. Tuck, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/20/2013)


New Voices Award Winner; Teacher's Choices; Diverse and Impressive Children's Books of 2013; Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist; Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Book Award; Show Me Readers Nominee; Skipping Stones Honor Award; Story Telling World Award

The story of Mason Steele, an African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, who relies on his inner strength and his typing skills to break racial barriers after he begins attending a whites-only high school.

Now in paperback

Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located.

When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school-especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.

Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award, As Fast As Words Could Fly is an inspiring testament to the power of hard work, determination, and belief in yourself to overcome life's challenges.

Lee & Low Books, 9781620148594, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018