As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck

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Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father's excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located. When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, As Fast As Words Could Fly is an inspiring testament to the power of hard work, determination, and belief in yourself to overcome life’s challenges.


About Pamela M. Tuck

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PAMELA M. TUCK gets her love of storytelling from her grandfather, whose "jaw-dropping, eye-popping" stories enchanted her as a child. She began writing poetry in elementary school, then later ventured into writing short stories and plays. Tuck was inspired to write As Fast As Words Could Fly by her father's experiences growing up in the 1960s in a family of civil rights activists. Tuck won Lee & Low's New Voices Award for the manuscript for As Fast As Words Could Fly, her first picture book. She lives in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their children. Kim Siegelson won The Center for Multicultural Children's Literature Writing Award (1994) for this first novel. She lives in Clarkson, GA.Eric Velasquez has illustrated numerous childrenis books including Chain of Fire and Journey to Joiburg: A South African Story, both by Beverly Naidoo. He lives in New York City.
Published April 20, 2013 by Lee & Low Books. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A tribute to her father, Tuck's school desegregation story highlights an African-American boy's triumph in a typing tournament.

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Tuck’s story, based on her father’s personal experiences with school segregation in 1960s North Carolina, won Lee & Low’s New Voices award in 2007, resulting in this picture book, illustrated in drama

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of As Fast As Words Could Fly

Gr 2–5—Velasquez's vibrant paintings animate this earnest story based on actual incidents in the life of the author's father. Fourteen-year-old Mason transcribes letters for his father, a local civil rights activist; as a reward, he receives a manual typewriter. Then he and his older brothers lea...

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