Maritcha : a remarkable nineteenth-century girl / Tonya Bolden.

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Booklist Reviews 2005 February #1

/*Starred Review*/ Gr. 4-7. "Born free in a nation stained by slavery, where free blacks had few rights and rare respect, here was a girl determined to rise, to amount to something." In this captivating biography, Bolden introduces Maritcha Reymond Lyon, born in the mid-1800s into a family of free blacks in Manhattan. Lyon found fame as a teenager in Providence, Rhode Island, when she sued the state to gain admission to the all-white high school--the only high school in town. Bolden's succinct text focuses on Lyon's growing-up, and the attractive spreads feature well-chosen archival photographs and engravings that offer a fascinating glimpse of Lyon's world of "New York City's striving class of blacks." Lyon had a distinguished family, and Bolden shows how its members inspired her to succeed against formidable odds, even when she felt that "the iron had entered my soul." Bolden supplements quotes from Lyon's accounts with extensive research and enthralling detail, and the result is both an inspirational portrait of an individual and a piercing history about blacks in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries--subjects rarely covered in books for youth. An author's note describes Lyon's adult achievements and lends insight into Bolden's research. Notes and a selected bibliography conclude this powerful volume. ((Reviewed February 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall

Illustrated with a fine array of photos and prints, this handsome album offers a spirited social history through the childhood story of Maritcha Remond Lyons, a freeborn black woman who produced a memoir late in life. While many actual details are unknown, Bolden speculates carefully in piecing together the history of Maritcha's family. Bib. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #1

This handsome album expands on the early life of a girl first introduced to readers in Bolden's Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America (rev. 3/02). Although life in lower Manhattan in the 1850s, with its emphasis on church and family, seemed ordinary for Maritcha Remond Lyons and the other freeborn blacks in her community, eventually events took an ugly turn for great numbers of them. Bolden draws on a typewritten memoir Maritcha produced late in life and a fine array of photographs, prints, and documents to tell her story. While many actual details are unknown, Bolden speculates carefully in piecing together the history of this family who provided care to some thousand of their "traveling brethren" journeying the Underground Railroad. The reader doesn't get much personal sense of the young Maritcha, but Bolden offers a spirited social history, and the story takes a riveting turn when the Lyons home is ravaged during the 1863 draft riots in New York. After the family's relocation to Providence, Rhode Island, sixteen-year-old Maritcha made her own case to the state legislature to become the first black student to attend the city's white high school. The account ends with her graduation, but the concluding author's note adds a bit about Maritcha's later career as a teacher. Other added materials include endnotes, a bibliography of adult sources, illustration credits, and historical maps used as endpapers. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2005 January #1

Bolden (The Champ, reviewed above) lucidly relays the illuminating life history of Maritcha R‚mond Lyons, born a free black in 1848 in lower Manhattan. The author draws her biographical sketch primarily from Lyons's unpublished memoir, dated one year before her death in 1929. Bolden uses research about the period to speculate about what chores Maritcha may have performed and games she may have played, and recaps Lyons's descriptions of some of the highlights of her childhood and family history (including her grandmother's memory of the day Frederick Douglass visited the family home) as well as of her role models, including her parents, whose boardinghouse (which catered to black sailors) also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. One of the strongest sections of the book documents the Draft Riots (protests against a military draft during the Civil War) of July 1868, and the impact of them on Maritcha and other citizens: their home was vandalized and looted, and the family relocated to Rhode Island. There Maritcha successfully petitioned the state legislature for permission to attend Providence High School, from which she was the first black student to graduate. A concluding note summarizes her adult life as a highly respected educator and orator, while elegantly framed family photos and clearly reproduced archival drawings and maps make for a handsome presentation. An illuminating life story. Ages 5-9. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.