|Facing Frederick : the life of Frederick Douglass, a monumental American man|
Author: Bolden, Tonya
The fascinating story of one of America's most influential African-American voices, Frederick Douglass.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 8.20
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 193554
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 7 Up—Bolden successfully demonstrates in this biography how monumental a figure Frederick Douglass is in U.S. history. Rather than provide readers with a straightforward chronological account, Bolden begins Douglass's story with his first speaking engagement and the publishing of his autobiography. She tells of Douglass's work as a publisher, a diplomat to Haiti, a bank president, and a prolific writer. The chapter titles are quotes from Douglass; each section features excerpts from his publications, quotes from Douglass or his contemporaries, and images, making the read even more engaging. Bolden immerses students in Douglass's world, effectively capturing the atmosphere of the times: "As bombs, bullets, and bayonets bloodied and blew away lives, Frederick ratcheted up his rhetoric on slaveholders." Bolden supplements her text with photographs, drawings, and images of his publications. What elevates these visuals are Bolden's meticulous descriptions of each one (albumen print, daguerreotype, watercolor, lithograph, etc.). VERDICT Bolden adroitly demonstrates the wealth of Douglass's life and accomplishments with this stellar biography. A must for all nonfiction collections.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.