A Sweet Smell of Roses
by Angela Johnson

by Angela Johnson
illustrated by Eric Velazquez

Two African-American sisters sneak out of their house and walk down the street to join folks who are going to march with and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The sweet smell of roses is a metaphor for the scent of freedom. "Powerful charcoal images dominate the pages with particular attention paid to facial expressions" (School Library Journal).

Booklist ended their review by promising that "this book is not only about segregation; it's also about the crowds of people "walking our way toward freedom," the thrilling portrait of Dr. King, and the two brave kids who cross the line."

Interest Level:   Kindergarten - 3rd grade   

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