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When Thunder Comes

When Thunder Comes

Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

By J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Meilo So, Jim Burke, John Parra, and Tonya Engel


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In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. Exquisitely illustrated by five extraordinary artists, this commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

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Size: 8-1/2 x 11 in;
Pages: 44 pp;
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: December 2012
ISBN: 9781452101194
ISBN10: 1452101191
J. Patrick Lewis is the Poetry Foundation’s 2011–2013 Children’s Poet Laureate. He is the award-winning author of more than 75 books for young people and lives in Westerville, Ohio.

R. Gregory Christie lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Meilo So lives in the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom.

Jim Burke lives in Beacon, New York.

John Parra lives in Queens, New York.

Tonya Engel lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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