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The Burning (Young Readers Edition)

Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Tim Madigan; adapted by Hilary Beard

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ISBN10: 1250878640
ISBN13: 9781250878649

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320 Pages



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The Burning recreates Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explores the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its Black residents and Tulsa's White population, narrates events leading up to and including Greenwood's devastation, and documents the subsequent silence that surrounded this tragedy. Delving into history that's long been pushed aside, this is the true story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre, with updates that connect the historical significance of the massacre to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America.


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When I first received the invitation to adapt The Burning for young readers, I was intrigued by the opportunity to help share an account of the Tulsa Race Massacre—a story that simultaneously encompasses one of the...

About the author

Tim Madigan; adapted by Hilary Beard

Tim Madigan has been a journalist for more than three decades, writing for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Politico, Reader's Digest, and, for thirty years, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tim's books include I'm Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers and Every Common Sight. He lives in Forth Worth, Texas.

Hilary Beard is an award-winning writer and an expert in book collaborations. She has partnered with many celebrities, experts, and public figures, including Katherine Johnson on her book Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson.

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Hilary Beard