Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by Sue Stauffacher

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Even though she can’t afford a ticket to see the great blues singer Bessie Smith perform, Emmarene listens outside Bessie’s tent—that is, until she bursts into the show to warn the crowd:The Night Riders have come!

Bessie marches right outside and confronts the Night Riders by giving one of her famous low moans that says, "I may be down and out, but I ain’t gonna take it no more." But will that be enough to scare them off ?

Based on a true incident, Bessie Smith and the Night Riders is a powerful story of facing down danger and standing up for what’s right. With John Holyfield’s luminous paintings setting the stage, readers will be cheering for Bessie and Emmarene all the way to their final bow.


About Sue Stauffacher

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Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for over ten years. The author lives in Grand Rapids, MI. "From the Hardcover edition. Holyfield studied art and graphic design at Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.
Published January 5, 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A little-known episode in legendary blues singer Bessie Smith’s career comes to life in this playfully fictionalized account.

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