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Publisher's Note:

A 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist They became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II. World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men are segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men serve as guards at The Parachute School, while the white soldiers prepare to be paratroopers. Morris knows that for his men to be treated like soldiers, they have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the…

Overall Book Review:

Award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone details the inspiring story of America’s first black paratroopers in Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles. Readers of all ages will enjoy this gorgeous book, with its large size, powerful text and dramatic photographs on nearly every page. Stone provides excellent background information about the progression of blacks in the military, as well as noting the rigorous requirements of paratrooper training during World War II. The story’s material is incredibly well-researched and presented in an easy-to-read and informative manner. Readers will appreciate the firsthand and emotional accounts of the Triple Nickles themselves. I have a hard time believing this phenomenal story is not widely known and learned so much from its content. I encourage everyone, young and old, to read this book!


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation, 1 mild obscenity, 1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore:  Implied occurrence of violence and verbal threat; reports of violence involving riots, physical beatings and the attack on Pearl Harbor; a non-detailed bomb blast kills a solider.  

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Racial discrimination and prejudice, stereotyping, war, death, Japanese Internment camps.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Mention of smoking.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
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3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
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10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.