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  • My new picture book, THE OLDEST STUDENT, will debut on January 7, 2020!
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  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM made the American Library Association's 2019 "Notable Children's Picture Books" list
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a STARRED KIRKUS REVIEW!
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a STARRED SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW!
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a GREAT review from HORN BOOK
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a STARRED BOOKLIST REVIEW!
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  • Stay tuned for THE OLDEST STUDENT my next historical nonfiction picture book published by RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS

About the author

Rita Lorraine

Rita Lorraine

Hello Everyone! I am a former special education teacher, and am currently a full-time children's writer, book blogger and freelance editor. I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel; I am Lee and Low Publishers 2012 New Voices Award Winner. I am the author of Getting a Job in the Food Industry, Getting the Most Out of MOOCs, and The Right Health Care Degree for Me, all published by Rosen Publishing, and Playwriting, published by Cavendish Square in January, 2017. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. My second picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) will debut in January 2020. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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    Nancy Eckerson

    Dear Ms. Hubbard,
    Phenomenal book! I came to read this through the ReFoReMo event this year, and what a blessing!

    It is the first nonfiction book on the list, and I loved it! I hope to get my nonfiction PBs published someday, too, and I wondered if you had to submit a detail list of your sources, even more than you have in the book?

    The Library Edition has the Lewis family photograph on the back cover, and I thought that was awesome. I felt like I knew the family by the time I shut the cover, and there they were!
    Blessings to you! You are a talented author!
    Nancy Eckerson http://www.writenowink.com

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    Rita Lorraine

    Rita Lorraine

    Hi Nancy, thanks SO much for stopping by, and thanks for those wonderful words. You have really made my day. Yes, I love the photo of William on the front porch with his family. In my author readings and signings, I tell people that although I never met William, I could feel in my bones that he was a devoted family man — and that picture reinforces it. Even though his son Hugh had joined the USCT and died before he saw action, William still would not take the family portrait without his picture of Hugh hanging on the porch column. Again, I’m so thrilled that you liked it. Blessings to you, too! <3

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