Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It (Hardcover)

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Loretta Little is a sharecropper's daughter. Told in first person (with stage directions), this is the perfect novel for young historical fiction readers. Three generations of black children tell their stories of growing up in rural Mississippi under draconian Jim Crow laws. From the early 1920's to the 1960's, their stories of hardship and resilience unfold. While told from the child's point of view, Pinkney still fleshes out the adult stories as well. The country vernacular puts you in the scene. From Night Deep children (those left in the middle of the night to be cared for others) to the voting tests that were awful. A great history lesson for all.

— Valerie

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From a bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the groundbreaking moments in history that led to African Americans earning the right to vote.

"Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -- Loretta

"I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -- Roly

"I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there's nothing bad about being bold." -- Aggie B.

Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories -- beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 -- come together to create one unforgettable journey.

Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling's oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America's struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel's unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.

About the Author


p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Georgia} Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit -In and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

The Pinkneys have been named among the "25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives" by Children's Health magazine. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…


*"..timely and important read."—Kirkus, starred review

Praise for Loretta Little Looks Back:

*"Art adds elegant portraits of land and family to these vivid tales..."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"...an unforgettable reading experience. Perfect for every library."—School Library Journal, starred review

"...a gratifyingly unconventional format and a musical sequence of storytelling that may illuminate some stark moments of our country's history."—BCCB


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316536776
ISBN-10: 0316536776
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 29th, 2020
Pages: 224