Charles R. Smith Jr.

Charles R. Smith Jr. was born and raised in California. While living in Carson, California he attended elementary and junior high in Compton, Califronia before moving to Duarte, California for high school. He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with his wife Gillian and three kids, Sabine, Adrian and Sebastian.


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Q&A with BLACK JACK author Charles R. Smith Jr.

In this short Q&A, the author of BLACK JACK: The Ballad of Jack Johnson talks about the inspiration and importance of writing this story for young readers.

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Black Jack

by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Shane W. Evans
A Neal Porter Book

Born as Arthur John Johnson in the southern state of Texas, Jack Johnson was one of the most renowned boxers of the twentieth century. Through hard work and...


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