Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes: American Heroes

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Substitute teacher Victor Kennedy begins a middle-school American history class by writing one word on the chalkboard: Tuskegee. Over the next several days, the elderly veteran teaches students about the Tuskegee Airmen, brave men who fought racism and prejudice to fly more than 1,500 missions during World War II. The students learn about segregation and how the victories of the Tuskegee Airmen helped move the United States on a path toward racial equality. In Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes, exciting battles ...

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Overview

Substitute teacher Victor Kennedy begins a middle-school American history class by writing one word on the chalkboard: Tuskegee. Over the next several days, the elderly veteran teaches students about the Tuskegee Airmen, brave men who fought racism and prejudice to fly more than 1,500 missions during World War II. The students learn about segregation and how the victories of the Tuskegee Airmen helped move the United States on a path toward racial equality. In Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes, exciting battles against evil abroad and at home come alive for a new generation.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-As this novel opens, Victor Kennedy, an elderly African American, takes control of the class in a Washington, DC, middle school in which he is substituting by writing the word "Tuskegee" on the chalkboard. He tells the students about segregated America, World War II, and the Tuskegee Airmen. (The kids in this class have never even heard of segregation.) Over the course of several days, he relates the history of the latter and reveals that he was a member of the distinguished corps. Although the information is accurate, the format leaves much to be desired. The chapters are arranged chronologically, but it is difficult to follow the Airmen's story. The text is repeatedly broken up with questions and comments from the students, all of whom are totally involved in Mr. Kennedy's teaching. The contrived and unrealistic setting will make the book unappealing to fiction readers, and the format makes research use impossible. The black-and-white illustrations add little to the story. Better-organized, more readable accounts can be found in Jacqueline Harris's The Tuskegee Airmen: Black Heroes of World War II (Dillon, 1996; o.p.) or Michael L. Cooper's The Double V Campaign: African Americans and World War II (Lodestar, 1998; o.p.).-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565549944
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,463,183
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Authors Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They have written thirteen books together, including Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, both available from Pelican Publishing. Their work has been featured in such publications as the North Carolina Historical Review and in exhibits in several museums.

Authors Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They have written thirteen books together, including Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, both available from Pelican Publishing. Their work has been featured in such publications as the North Carolina Historical Review and in exhibits in several museums.

Illustrator Rosalie M. Shepherd is a landscape and portrait painter who works with oil, charcoal, and watercolor and has worked extensively as a graphic designer. This is her third book with Homan and Reilly. She also illustrated the late David Collins's last book, Clarence Thomas, Fighter with Words.

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