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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

About The Amazing Age of John Roy LynchJohn Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace and was eventually elected into the United States Congress.


This biography, with its informative backmatter and splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the first African-American congressmen.


Awards for this book include:

  • 2016 Carter G. Woodson Book Award
  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year 2016 List
  • PEN Center USA 2016 Finalist (Children’s/Young Adult)
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People


For a full list of the book’s honors, please see this page on the author’s website. To order free posters featuring this book’s cover, please visit Eerdlings, the official blog of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.