A unique biography of a remarkable Reconstruction figure John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace and was eventually elected into the United States Congress. This biography, with its informative backmatter and splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the first African-American congressmen.
About the Author
Chris Barton won a Sibert Honor in 2010 for his first book,The Day-Glo Brothers (Charlesbridge Publishing). Healso wrote Shark vs. Train, which garnered numerousawards and was a New York Times bestseller. Hecurrently lives in Texas. Visit his website at www.chrisbarton.info.
Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed booksfor children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats NewWriter Honor Award for his book It Jes' Happened: WhenBill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books). Visit hiswebsite at www.dontate.com.