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Respect: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Respect: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

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Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned more than three octaves.

Her string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn't just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

This authoritative, rhythmic, Coretta Scott King Illustration Award-winning picture book biography will captivate young readers with Aretha's inspiring story.

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/25/2020
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 10.70h x 11.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781534452282
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 510648 / R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 07/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 07/13/2020
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2020 pg. 159
School Library Journal 08/01/2020 pg. 96
Booklist 08/01/2020 pg. 53
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of Rap, Be a King, How Sweet the Sound, In Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta, winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Muhammad Ali; and How Sweet the Sound. Before becoming a children's book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a break-dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family.
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