Reading and Conversation with Jean Alicia Elster
Join us for a lively reading and conversation with Jean Alicia Elster, author of The Colored Car and Who is Jim Hines? Readers from the ages of eight through twelve will enjoy these entertaining and educational stories. Adults will love this event too (I really enjoyed these books!)
The Colored Car review
The Colored Car is an emotional and compelling look at how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s. We are in Patsy's kitchen when she helps with daily chores in the 1930s, we're in her train car to witness her horror and indignation at segregation, and we are in her heart when she works at letting go of the anger.
– Ruth McNally Barshaw, author and illustrator of The Ellie McDoodle Diaries
Who is Jim Hines? review
A lively and engaging story that is steeped in history but cleverly weaves in universal elements of family, father-son relationships, boyhood friendships, and life's challenges."
– Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit
Jean Alicia Elster is a professional writer of fiction for children and young adults. She is the granddaughter of Douglas and Maber (May) Jackson Ford, whose family story is the basis of The Colored Car. Her other books include Who's Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press, 2008), which was selected as a Michigan Notable Book and a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist; I'll Do the Right Thing; I'll Fly My Own Plane; I Have a Dream, Too!; and Just Call Me Joe Joe.