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So Tall Within

So Tall Within

Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom

Written by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by Daniel Minter

Roaring Brook Press


From celebrated author Gary D. Schmidt comes a picture book biography of a giant in the struggle for civil rights, perfectly pitched for readers today.

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds. So Tall Within traces her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans. Her story is told with lyricism and pathos by Gary D. Schmidt, one of the most celebrated writers for children in the twenty-first century, and brought to life by award winning and fine artist Daniel Minter. This combination of talent is just right for introducing this legendary figure to a new generation of children.

Praise for So Tall Within

2018 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Informational Books for Young Readers
2019 NCSS and CBC's Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Kindergarten to Second Grade readers
2019 ALSC's Notable Children's Books for Middle Readers
2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List

"Powerful, moving, necessary." - Kirkus, Starred Review
"A soaring poetic tribute to a human rights champion." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A lyrical and evocative approach to [Sojourner Truth's] story." - School Library Journal
"Schmidt’s fluid prose is nicely suited to reading aloud to primary-grade audiences, but Minter’s arresting artwork extends the age range... Even picture-book collections in which [Sojourner Truth] is well represented will surely make space for this engrossing work." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A stirring introduction to an extraordinary life - Daniel Minter's paintings, in saturated tones of midnight blues and leaf browns and golds, bring it powerfully to life." - The New York Times Book Review


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Written by Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by Daniel Minter

Gary D. Schmidt is the author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults including Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and The Wednesday Wars, which received a Newbery Honor. He lives in Alto, Michigan.

Daniel Minter has illustrated a dozen books for children including Ellen’s Broom, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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Myrna Anderson

Gary D. Schmidt

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C. Daniel Dawson

Roaring Brook Press

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