A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

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There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.
Inspired by the countless young people who took a stand against the forces of injustice, two Coretta Scott King Honorees, Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez, offer a stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.
 

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and the upcoming All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com. Eric Velasquez was awarded the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for his first picture book, The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate. Since that time he has gone on to illustrate several acclaimed picture books, including Carole Boston Weatherford's The Sound That Jazz Makes, Jim Haskins's Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali, and Candice F. Ransom's Liberty Street. The stirring black-and-white images in this book were inspired by the work of noted Civil Rights movement chroniclers Harvey Dinnerstein and Burt Silverman. Eric lives in Hartsdale, New York, with his wife, Deborah.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The children listen to King’s words, feel the bright sunlight, and smell the flowers along the road, as more and more people join the march, singing and clapping.

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According to an author's note, Johnson's (When I Am Old with You ) story pays tribute to the children who played a role in the civil rights movement, the

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