Book Cover Image of Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

Black Heroes of the Wild West
by James Otis Smith

Publication Date: Sep 15, 2020
List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 60 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781943145515
Imprint: Toon Graphics
Publisher: TOON Books
Parent Company: TOON Books
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Hardcover Description:

This is Smith’s first book as both author and illustrator.

NYPL’S TOP 10 BOOKS FOR KIDSExploring American history and finding diversity at its roots This graphic novel by JAMES OTIS SMITH celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three black heroes who took control of their destinies and stood up for their communities in the Old West. Born into slavery in Tennessee, Mary Fields became famous as "Stagecoach Mary," a cigar-chomping, card playing coach driver who never missed a delivery. Bass Reeves, the first black Deputy US Marshal west of the Mississippi, was one of the wiliest lawmen in the territories, bringing thousands of outlaws to justice with his smarts. Bob Lemmons lived to be 99 years old and was so good with horses that the wild mustangs on the plains of Texas took him for one of their own. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection From the introduction by KADIR NELSON, winner of the 2020 Caldecott Award: "Black Heroes of the Wild West is a brilliant and entertaining offering. Through sharp and evocative storytelling in the exciting medium of comics, lesser-known African American historical figures will be introduced to new generations of readers."