Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010



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By Otha Richard Sullivan John Wiley (Library binding, $24.95, ISBN: 0471148040, 4/1998; Hardcover, $22.95, ISBN: 047138707X, 10/2001) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Although some of these inventors have had individual books written about them (Benjamin Banneker) and others have been included in other collective biographies (especially Madame C. J. Walker), there is enough variety and range to make this a worthwhile purchase. It is also a particularly engaging book to read; Sullivan highlights those aspects of the subjects' lives that will interest readers the most and writes about them with insight. The book is attractive, too, with lots of historical engravings and photographs. Among the people profiled in the two-or three-page spreads are Garrett Morgan, who invented the gas mask; Dr. Charles Drew, who did pioneering research in blood donation; and John Moon, who developed floppy disks. Chronology; notes; bibliography. ―Ilene Cooper.

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