Happy publication day, Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard!
Hammering for Freedom
Born into slavery in Tennessee, William Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep a little money for himself. With just a few coins in his pocket, Bill set a daring plan in motion: he was determined to free his family.
The recipient of starred reviews from both Kirkus and SLJ, Kirkus Reviews called Hammering for Freedom “Powerful and uplifting” and School Library Journal called Rita’s debut, “A well-crafted picture book biography that belongs in every elementary nonfiction collection.”
Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award and a Junior Library Guild selection, Hammering for Freedom tells the true story of one man’s skill, hard work, and resolve to keep his family together.
I’m so thrilled for Rita Lorraine Hubbard’s debut to be out in the world, and so excited to share with you more of her work in the future!
NB: Rita won the New Voices Award before we started working together, but this is a book I wish I rep’ed!