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Give it up for Biddy Mason Speaks Up, the latest release in Heyday’s Fighting for Justice series profiling superstars of civil rights and social progress for young readers. You should care because this is as impressive a project as you will ever see to potentize history—in this case personalizing the unspeakable experiences of a female slave from adolescent years to her death in 1891, detailing how the US slave economy benefited North and South alike, and finally championing how Biddy spoke truth to power and freed herself from her nemesis, Master Smith. Stanzas of sublime prose introduce chapters and geniusly created art and design bestow an extraordinary amount of historical and cultural knowledge in sidebars, balloons, blocks, and other app-size delivery tools and all readers come to know the almighty strength of this black woman’s spirit.
Biddy Mason Speaks Up
Arisa White, Laura Atkins; Laura Freeman, Illustrator
Hardcover $18 (112pp) FEBRUARY