Book of Black Heroes: Scientists, Healers, and Inventors
Author: Wade Hudson
Pages: 70
Publisher/Date: Just Us Books/2003
ISBN: 0940975971
Age Levels: 9-12

Book Review

In this wonderful survey, Wade Hudson introduces readers to men and women such as anthropologist Johnnetta Cole, aviator Bessie Coleman, astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and pioneer transplant surgeon Samuel K. Kountz.

Each one-page entry includes an illustration and biographical information. The author weaves anecdotes, facts, and quotes into an inspirational story for each of these heroic individuals.

Herein, for example, we find the story of Susie King Taylor, a courageous civil war nurse who became the first black army nurse to serve her country. Not only did she nurse the soldiers, she taught them to read and write as well.

This well-researched and solidly written text includes a chronology, glossary, and an index, making this a useful reference book as well as an excellent introduction to a group of men and women who truly made a difference in their respective fields.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2003 Education Oasis

About the Author

Wade Hudson has written and edited many books for young people. He is the president of Just Us Books, Inc., a company he co-founded with his wife Cheryl. He lives in East Orange, NJ.