Spring 2021

Unspeakable

The Tulsa Race Massacre

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

“A must-have”—Booklist (starred review)

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community.

News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-8120-3
Temporarily out of stock
$13.49
978-1-7284-1738-7
$20.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, Social Studies
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-02-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF053140, JNF025180, JNF053210
Dewey 976.6/8600496073
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 1100
Guided Reading Level X
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

The New York Times Book Review

“These sensitively written, beautifully illustrated books restore this often-elided history while explaining the ensuing tragedy in a manner appropriate for children.”—New York Times Book Review

School Library Journal

“This moving account sheds light on shameful events long suppressed or ignored. All collections should consider this title’s value in providing historical context to current conversations about racism and America’s ongoing legacy of white supremacy.”—starred, School Library Journal

BookPage

Unspeakable deserves to be read by every student of American history.” —starred, BookPage

Publishers Weekly

“[S]ucceeds in teaching the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the legacy of Black Wall Street.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

The Horn Book Magazine

“Far from romanticizing history, Weatherford is equally descriptive in explaining how a false accusation of assault brought simmering racial tensions to a violent end . . . Cooper’s illustrations (‘oil and erasure’) are the perfect partner to this history, the sepia-toned images resembling historical photographs. The portraits of Black residents are particularly moving, seeming to break the fourth wall to implore the reader to remember their story.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Booklist

“Ideal for classroom libraries and a deeper study of American history, this title is a must-have for those seeking the painful and complete truth.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A somber, well-executed addition to the history as the incident approaches its 100th anniversary.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of numerous award-winning books including BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood which received a Newbery Honor and R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison which won the 2021 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives in North Carolina.

Illustrator: Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper is a Coretta Scott King Award winner and illustrator of numerous books for children including Ruth and the Green Book, A Spy Called James, and Unspeakable. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, and currently lives in Easton, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

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Unspeakable

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