Award-winning children’s author Tonya Bolden will be appearing at the Baldwin Public Library (300 West Merrill Street Birmingham, MI 48009) on Monday, March 3 at 7pm to promote her latest book, Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Book Beat. For any further information, contact the Baldwin Library (248) 647-1700.
Tonya Bolden has written a number of books about the African American experience, including: Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty, Finding Family, George Washington Carver, MLK: The Journey of a King, Portraits of African American Heroes, The Champ, and many more. Her work has garnered much praise, including the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, James Madison Book Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, YALSA Best Book of the Year, and CCBC Best Book of the Year. Her latest release is Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America.
“This handsome volume with its many photographs is carefully sourced and has a helpful glossary, illustration credits and index. Bolden admirably tells a complex story while modeling outstanding research strategy, as her insightful author’s note attests.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review for Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America
Sarah Rector was once famously hailed as “the richest black girl in America.” Set against the backdrop of American history, her tale encompasses the creation of Indian Territory, the making of Oklahoma, and the establishment of black towns and oil-rich boomtowns. Rector acquired her fortune at the age of eleven. This is both her story and that of children just like her: one filled with ups and downs amid bizarre goings-on and crimes perpetrated by greedy and corrupt adults. From a trove of primary documents, including court and census records and interviews with family members, author Tonya Bolden painstakingly pieces together the events of Sarah’s life and the lives of those around her.
“This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text.”
—School Library Journal, starred review for Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America