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Twelve remarkable folktales, culled from the black experience in Africa and America, are freshly retold in the thoroughly original voice of Julius Lester. Arranged by topic--Origins, Love, Heroes, and People--the tales will delight readers of all ages with their universal themes and uncanny wisdom. (© Barnes & Noble)

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Author Biography:

"I was born in 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. When I was two my family and I moved to Kansas. As a teenager, I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, spending most of my summers at my grandmother's farm in Arkansas. Growing up, I wanted to be a musician. I was not a good writer and I never dreamed I'd become an award-winning author.

In 1960 I graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in English and became politically active in the civil rights movement. I also pursued my music interests — writing songs, singing, and playing the guitar, banjo, clarinet, and piano. I recorded many of my songs on two albums, which are no longer in print. Folksinger Pete Seeger and I wrote a book together, The 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly, which was published when I was twenty-eight." More... (© Scholastic; )

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