Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song

The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song… Read More →

  • Lexile: 870
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Dewey: 782.42165
  • Copyright: 2017


“[A] potent reminder of the power of art to combat intolerance and hate.”—starred, Publishers Weekly View →


“This is not an easy book, but it is powerful—just like its theme. Consider for guided in-depth discussions on Billie Holiday and U.S. history.”—School Library Journal View →


“The format and back matter make this most useful in a classroom setting, but it will be effective in prompting a discussion about one of the darkest times in U.S. history.”—Booklist View →


“Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. . . . A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews View →


“With poignant text and striking art, Golio and Riley-Webb put this anti-lynching hymn in context for young readers. Provocative yet age appropriate, this book is not only a window to past violence but a mirror for horrors unfolding today.”—Carole Boston Weatherford, author… View →