Make a Change

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“A fine picture book to sit on the shelf alongside Ruby Bridges’ Through My Eyes.” - Kirkus When Marvin asks his mama why they have to stand and wait to take their food home while everyone else can eat at the lunch counter, her answer doesn’t make a lot of sense to him. “When some people look at us, all they see is our skin color.” Despite his fear of the man who told him his kind wasn’t allowed to sit at the lunch counter, Marvin knows that it’s up to him to make a change. Inspired by co-author James “Sparky” Rucker’s childhood, this significant story illuminates the tumultuous history of African Americans. Powerful illustrations and a historical note from the author makes this picture book an excellent educational resource on past and current racial tensions.
ISBN: 9781455622757
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Tennessee
Images: 31
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
Full-time musician, author, and storyteller Rhonda Lynn Rucker performs with her husband, James “Sparky” Rucker. Together, they address difficult topics by creating powerful songs with melodies rooted in the folk and gospel traditions. The two add variety to their performances through vocals, piano, clawhammer banjo, guitar, blues harmonica, and rhythmic bones. Rhonda and Sparky have appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD Singing Through the Hard Times and have recorded nine albums, one nominated for the W. C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording. Coupled with Rucker’s love of music is her longtime passion for writing. She wrote poetry as a child for fun and was first published in ninth grade, when her English teacher helped her submit a literary analysis of The Great Gatsby. While obtaining her medical degree from the University of Kentucky, she absorbed the stories told by patients and became fascinated by Southern Appalachian culture. Rucker has published numerous articles in newspapers and online magazines such as the Maryville (TN) Daily Times, Hellbender Press, and Southerner. In recent years, she has shifted her focus to writing for a younger audience. Her article “Rescuing Miracle” was published by Highlights magazine in February 2013, and her first novel, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, was a Crystal Kite Award finalist. Rhonda and Sparky, the inspiration for the protagonist in Make a Change, reside in Maryville, Tennessee.
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