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Granddaddy's Turn

Granddaddy's Turn

A Journey to the Ballot Box

by Michael S. BandyEric Stein and James E. Ransome

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 13/08/2019

RRP  $16.99 $16.50

Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play.

One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening. For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn’t be more proud.

But can Michael be patient when it seems that justice just can’t come soon enough? Based on the true story of one family’s struggle for voting rights in the civil rights–era South, this moving tale shines a spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history.

  • From the award-winning authors of White Water comes another moving tale of growing up in the Civil Rights-era south, based on the real-life experience of author Michael Bandy. 
  • Features the vivid pallete and moving illustrations of Coretta Scott King winner James Ransome. 
  • Provides a unique and highly moving child's perspective on voting rights discrimination and racism with touching honesty.
Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Candlewick Press
Country of origin:
United States
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“It’s a message so crucial it almost can’t be delivered with too much sentiment, and the authors and illustrator of Granddaddy’s Turn spare none.” — The New York Times
Michael S. Bandy

Michael S. Bandy is the co-author, with Eric Stein, of White Water, which was adapted into a screenplay that won a Bill Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles.

Eric Stein

Eric Stein is the co-author, with Michael S. Bandy, of White Water has written for the children’s TV series Star Street. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

James E. Ransome

James E. Ransome is the illustrator of many books for children, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Let My People Go, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner The Creation.

James E. Ransome lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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