Book List in Order: 5 titles


  • How It Happens follows the story of author Jean Alicia Elster’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy May Jackson. Born in Tennessee in 1890, Dorothy May was the middle daughter of Addie Jackson, a married African-American housekeeper at one of the whi...



  • This fourth and final volume finds Joe Joe facing gang trouble at school. He has to make a difficult decision about whether to join Tyrone and his crew, the defenders, or to follow the example of Ralph Bunche, the first African American to receive th...



  • Who's Jim Hines? is a story based on real events about Douglas Ford Jr., a twelve-year-old African American boy growing up in Detroit in the 1930s. Doug's father owns the Douglas Ford Wood Company, and Doug usually helps his dad around the scrap wood...



  • Joe Joe Rawlings faces contemporary challenges in this series of books written around Christian themes for African-American children. This third volume introduces Joe Joe and his young readers to the Tuskegee Airmen....



  • In the first volume of this four-book series, Joe Joe is mistaken for a member of a gang of kids that has ransacked a white man s store. Shaken, he takes refuge in a library book about the Negro Baseball League. Inspired by the example of ball player...





Complete Series List in Order

Joe Joe in the City

Just Call Me Joe Joe (Sep-2001)
I'll Fly My Own Plane (Sep-2002)

Award-Winning Books by Jean Alicia Elster

Who's Jim Hines?
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