March 28, 2017 Newsletter — Book Recommendations, News, Contests, and More

Top 120 Children’s Books from the Past 50 Years Our list of the Top 120 Children’s Books published over the

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Anita Hemmings, the First Black Student to Attend Vassar College

Karin Tanabe’s gripping new historical novel, The Gilded Years (Washington Square Press, June 7, 2016) is based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar College. With “spot on” dialogue and “narration reminiscent of novels of the 1890s” (Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August), Tanabe has crafted a tonally masterful yet supremely relevant narrative on race, women’s rights, and the challenges of finding one’s place in the world.

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