A Sweet Smell of Roses (Hardcover)
There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.
Inspired by the countless young people who took a stand against the forces of injustice, two Coretta Scott King Honorees, Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez, offer a stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.
Eric Velasquez earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has illustrated over thirty children’s books, earning a Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent, an NAACP Image award, the 2011 Pura Belpré Award for illustration, the 2018 Walter Award, and an SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award.
"The pervasive smell of roses is an effective metaphor for the scent of freedom in the air, and Johnson's poetic text is powerful."
-- Horn Book
"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." -- Booklist
"Powerful and moving."
-- Kirkus Reviews