Tessie by Jesse Jackson ; Pictures by Harold James
New York: Harper & Row, 1968. Hardcover. 243 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm. $4.95 dust jacket. Leftover glue residue from removed sticker on flyleaf. Early printing copy with clean and unmarked pages. Binding is
TESSIE by JESSE JACKSON
Pictures by Harold James
When Tessie won a scholarship to hobbe, an exclusive private school, her mother was dead set against her accepting it. Trying to make new friends and meet Hobbe's tough scholastic standards without losing her place at home in Harlem would be too big a challenge for a young girl to handle.
And indeed it was hard. Things were bad enough for her at school, keeping up with the others. Then matters got even worse when misunderstandings began to grow between Tessie and her oldest and best friend Floe.
How Tessie proved herself at home and at hobbe makes a compelling story—often sad, sometimes funny, always moving—as Jesse Jackson shows us the conflicts and confusions of a vulnerable teenage girl attempting to reconcile her two different worlds.
JESSE JACKSON is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, later became a professional boxer, and also worked in boys' camps and with public and private youth agencies. His first book for children, CALL ME CHARLEY, was published in 1945 "as a small tribute to the good people who somehow or other succeed in making bad matters better." Following this book were ANCHOR MAN and CHARLEY STARTS FROM SCRATCH.
HAROLD JAMES was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and graduated from the North Carolina A & T College in 1949 with a B.S. in Fine Arts. In New York, where he has worked as an illustrator and retoucher for fourteen years, he is President of Jango, Inc., an art and design organization. TESSIE, which he found to be a very stimulating assignment, is his first children's book. firm.
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