A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This collection of one-page biographies teaches readers about the lives and times of influential African Americans.
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Positive Role Models
The black Americans selected for this collection include artists, politicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more. Men and women are evenly represented. LGBTQ people are also well represented.
Violence & Scariness
Death by assassination is mentioned.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Death by overdose is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World, by the staff of the ESPN website The Undefeated, is a collection of short essays profiling 44 prominent African Americans of our day and though history, both famous and less well known. The number was chosen in honor of Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. president and the first African American to hold the office. The biographies are uplifting and help readers understand the time when each person made their mark and the context for the achievements. Each biography is accompanied by a color illustration by Robert Ball. Where the cause of death was drug overdose or assassination, that's mentioned. TheUndefeated.com is a website owned by ESPN that's focused on the intersection of sports, race, and culture.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun and encouraging book, great for book reports. The staff of the Undefeated provide concise biographies of The Fierce 44 that deliver rich information about both the person and what needed shaking up in their world. Robert Ball's warm illustrations add to the appeal. Even reluctant readers may enjoy this book enough to read all the way through.
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