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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763665487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763665487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-A moving, thoughtful history of the the United States military's first black paratrooper unit. During World War II, African American soldiers were mostly relegated to service and security jobs, generally denied the same training and active-combat positions that were available to their white counterparts. Expertly woven together are two narratives: the large, overarching history of rampant racism in the U.S. military and the smaller, tightly focused account of a group of black soldiers determined to serve their country and demonstrate their value as soldiers. Readers are taken along on the emotional journey with the soldiers as they leapt forward from guard duty at The Parachute School into official paratrooper training, the first of its kind for blacks. They faced multiple setbacks as they encountered discrimination, some justified as "policy" and some that was more personal and insidious. Throughout the book, the courage and strength of these men is evidenced in their tireless quest to be the best at what they do, throwing themselves headlong into sometimes dangerous and terrifying training requirements. The photographs and the design of the book as a whole are a gift to readers. Rich with detail, the pictures not only complement the narrative, but also tell a stirring story of their own, chronicling the triumphs and frustrations of the soldiers as they pursued their dreams. Complete accessibility to a wide range of readers, coupled with expert research and meticulous care, makes this a must-have for any library.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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*Starred Review* Starting with a riveting opening that puts readers into the shoes of a paratrooper on a training flight, this large-format book offers an informative introduction to the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Known as the Triple Nickles, they were America’s first black paratrooper unit. Though WWII brought increased racial integration to the military, the pace was painfully slow. This book traces the paratroopers’ story through their training and their long wait for orders to join the fighting overseas–orders that never came. Instead, the Triple Nickles were sent to fight fires in remote areas of western states. Decades passed before the men were officially honored for service to their country. Written with great immediacy, clarity, and authority, Stone’s vivid narrative draws readers into the Triple Nickles’ wartime experiences. Many well-chosen quotes enhance the text, while excellent black-and-white illustrations, mainly photos, document both the men of the 555th and the racial prejudice on the home front. Adding another personal perspective, artist and writer Ashley Bryan, an African American veteran of WWII, contributes the book’s foreword, a drawing, and a painting from the period. This handsome volume documents the sometimes harrowing, often frustrating, and ultimately rewarding experiences of the Triple Nickles. Grades 5-9. --Phelan, Carolyn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

So, would recommend it to anyone who enjoys war history.
NJNeale
Just look at the extensive list of Sources in the back of the book as well as the many impressive black and white photographs throughout.
Debbie Glade
The author has presented a well documented piece of history with a lot of pictures that tell the story.
Vera

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If I were able to sit down with my small, childhood self to render advice about the world, I'd probably just hand myself a series of thoughts about subjects I was forced to learn about in school. For example, I would probably mention right off the bat that though my textbooks made it infinitely clear that American history consists only of a series of distinct separate moments in time (Pilgrims, Colonial American, Revolutionary War, etc. etc.) history is not a static thing. We are always learning more. Heck, there are elements and angles to it that go well and truly beyond what they're able to cover in school. So those kids that once only ever learned about Ellis Island are now learning and hearing about Angel Island as well. We might learn about the accomplishments of our Founding Fathers, but we're finally getting a better sense of the fact that they were slaveholders as well. And then there's WWII. I don't know about you, but usually my history class sort of raced over WWII when we learned about it. You had your Allied Forces, Hitler, Pearl Harbor, atom bomb, and that was that. So in the midst of all this I can be nothing but pleased with Tanya Lee Stone's Courage Has No Color. Having already established herself as capable of giving voice to missed historical opportunities, Stone turns her attention to a core group of brave professionals that risked everything and managed to do a great deal of good in spite of the obstacles they encountered along the way.

The history of African-Americans serving in the military has always had its pitfalls and problems. Yet one of the stories too little known concerns The Triple Nickles and their work during the war years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shelley on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Readers will be fascinated by this little-known story from World War II history. In researching her non-fiction account, author Tanya Lee Stone interviewed members of the "Triple Nickles" black paratrooper battalion and uncovered never-before-seen photographs of the unit and their unusual balloon bomb mission in the war. This visually-rich book showcases paratrooper training and daily life in a way that will appeal to intermediate and teen readers, as well as readers with an interest in World War II history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Billington on November 22, 2014
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History, perhaps more than any other subject taught in our public schools, is subject to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats who, sadly, base far too many of their decisions about what students will learn on their personal racial and gender biases.
As a public school student in the 1950s and 1960s, for example, I learned about white soldiers who fought against the Axis Powers during World War II.
I learned their names and studied their exploits.
It wasn't until much later, long after I had graduated from high school, that I learned about the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-American pilots and air crews who were members of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. They compiled an amazing combat record during World War II but I was denied the opportunity to know about them while attending public schools in Connecticut, New York and Ohio. Their contributions were not taught in my classes; there were no books about them in the libraries of the schools I attended.
It was later still that I learned about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit composed of Japanese-Americans who fought heroically in Europe, receiving more medals for bravery under fire than ANY other U.S. unit.
And it wasn't until I recently purchased and read 'Courage Has No Color' that I learned about the first all-black paratroop battalion in World War II.
The 555th Parachute Battalion was denied the opportunity to do battle in Europe or the Pacific because some of the most revered names in American military history - including Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall - were unwilling to send them into combat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RAMONA on June 14, 2013
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Bought this as a surprise for my husband since he is a huge history person. This touched his heart since it contained information he had not seen before. Thrill and surprise, who could ask for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Rhodes on May 25, 2014
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While I found this book interesting and informative, many photos seemed to be added almost as filler with text being only a small part of the book, expanded references, etc. took up a major part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernestine Barnes-Small on February 23, 2014
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I was amazed by the presentation of data (which is actually American history) in this book that has been kept hidden from many for years. The book led me to dig for more data that is not in our (school's) history books; nor available in most libraries. This book was/can be used as a great reference for completing the history of WWII and for connecting the dots of Blacks in the military as well as total achievements overall. Achievements that were left out of history because of those who led the achieving! (Sad but true.) Surely one would not believe that there were no Blacks in all the different military disciplines, making historic contributions. This book helps to confirm this; and opens a hunger to research for more data that is available, but is not obviously available (meaning that it is not a part of our everyday taught American history; as it should be.) This is a very good book!
Use the book as an awareness; then as a guide to research and learn!
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More About the Author

Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Stone went to performing arts high school in New Haven, CT and went on to major in English at Oberlin College (and study Voice at Oberlin Conservatory). After graduation she moved to New York and became an editor. Stone was an editor for more than a dozen years and has a Masters Degree in Science Education. She teaches Writing for Children at Champlain College.

After moving to Vermont, Stone became a full-time writer and has published more than 90 books for young readers. She writes picture books, nonfiction, and Young Adult fiction. Her newest nonfiction books have garnered some major awards. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick 09), received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Jane Addams Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, Orbis Pictus Honor, and was awarded ALA's Sibert Medal for the best nonfiction book for young readers of 2010. The Good the Bad, and the Barbie won SCBWI's Golden Kite Award for the best nonfiction book of the year for 2011.

Her Young Adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House) was an IRA Young Adult Choice, an ALA Quick Picks, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and SLJ Book of the Month. Her newest nonfiction picture books, Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote and Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder received starred reviews and were put on several state award lists. Elizabeth Leads the Way is also an ALA Notable, an Amelia Bloomer Award title, and a CBC Notable Social Studies Book.

Forthcoming titles include picture books about Elizabeth Blackwell and Jane Addams, as well as a YA nonfiction book about the first black paratroopers in WWII called Courage Has No Color.

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