Demanding Justice

A Story about Mary Ann Shadd Cary

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Mary Ann Shadd Cary spent her entire lifetime fighting for justice and equality for African Americans. Born a free African American in the 1820s, Cary started schools for black children and wrote books and articles. She was also the first black woman to publish a weekly newspaper and to enter law school. Never afraid of offending anyone, Cary demanded justice for herself and for her fellow African Americans.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2003
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007110, JNF007120, JNF007020
Dewey 305.48'896073'0092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 66266
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Jeri Chase Ferris

JERI CHASE FERRIS is the award-winning author of eleven Lerner biographies for children and young adults. She specializes in biographies of women and minorities―people who have done great and important deeds, but have been overlooked in history―for example: Go Free or Die: A Story about Harriet Tubman, Demanding Justice: A Story about Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Arctic Explorer: A Story about Matthew Henson, What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story about Benjamin Banneker, and With Open Hands: A Story about Biddy Mason.Jeri retired from a 30-year teaching career in order to write full time and travels all over the United States and the world to research and collect information on her subjects. In addition to writing, she is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, bringing history to life through the lives of these remarkable women and men. Her current novel is not a biography but is historical fiction, a survival story set in WWII Russia (USSR).

Illustrator: Kimanne Smith

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →


  • California Collection, Winner, 2003
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2003
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2003


School Library Journal

“In seven succinct chapters, this brief biography effectively outlines her life, allowing for some interesting reading. . . An important addition about a much over-looked figure.”
School Library Journal