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Stone Mirrors, breaking sculpture barriers (fiction), by Jeannine Atkins
Accused unjustly, white against black. Hurt unfairly, strong against weak. Dream pursued intensely, self against society. How did an impoverished young woman, orphaned by her Ojibwe (Chippewa) mother and freedman black father, overcome being on trial for white classmates’ poisoning during the Civil War to become a prominent sculptor living in Italy? Check out the Google Doodle honoring her on Feb. 1, to meet Edmonia Lewis, whose determination to create art drove her to become the first noted woman sculptor of African-American and Native American descent. Read an excerpt for this January 2017 novel in verse here courtesy of the publisher, then head to your local library or independent bookstore. …