Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
(Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

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The videotaping is Ola's idea--Ola, Emmie's grandma who lives in the California desert is dying of cancer. Emmie and her mother have come to "the dry" to paack up Ola's house and take her back to a hospital in Cleveland. As Emmie starts photographing Ola's friends, she learns about her family history and their heritage. As Ola is speeded off to heaven, life below is revered and celebrated. 1994 Coretta Scott King Author Award Book.

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow.
Published April 1, 1993 by Orchard Books (NY). 103 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Johnson's spare, beautifully written first novel--a thematic extension of Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989)--portrays a crucial turning point for African-American women from three generations.

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With several picture books already to her credit, Johnson ( When I Am Old with You ) makes an especially promising foray into YA fiction with this thoughtfully nuanced and penetrating novel. Emily, th

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Ola has been diagnosed with cancer, and Emily and her mother are helping to pack up the house so that Ola can move into their home in Cleveland.

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