Cover image for One more river to cross : an African American photograph album
One more river to cross : an African American photograph album
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace, c1995.
Physical Description:
vii, 166 p. : chiefly illustrated ; 31 cm.


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Author Notes

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsberg, West Virginia. When he was three years old, his mother died and his father sent him to live with Herbert and Florence Dean in Harlem, New York. He began writing stories while in his teens. He dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. After completing his army service, he took a construction job and continued to write.

He entered and won a 1969 contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, which led to the publication of his first book, Where Does the Day Go? During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. His works include Fallen Angels, Bad Boy, Darius and Twig, Scorpions, Lockdown, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Invasion, Juba!, and On a Clear Day. He also collaborated with his son Christopher, an artist, on a number of picture books for young readers including We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart and Harlem, which received a Caldecott Honor Award, as well as the teen novel Autobiography of My Dead Brother.

He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Monster, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. He also won the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness, at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

YA‘A magnificent photographic chronicle of African American life from the horrific slave-ship journey from Africa to the early 1970s. The emphasis is on the myriad American experiences of the individuals from scientists to outlaws to miners to nuns and throughout the broader focus is family and community. The black-and-white photographs come from archives and attics. Many are full- or double-page spreads, all incredibly expressive. A slight text highlights the glory of the photos. Captions are listed in the back so as not to intrude on the visual flow. A worthy addition to history collections as well as the photography shelves.‘Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This eloquent photoessay, built around hundreds of black-and-white photographs (many from the author's own collection) tells an extraordinary history; a dramatic spread with photos of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois is followed by images of a school band and friends taking a swim; scenes from the Great Migration give way to portraits of the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers young and old. Ages 9-12. (Nov.)r (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved