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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sandra Belton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1939 in Bluefield, West Virginia

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Illinois Connection

Sandra lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Sandra Belton grew up in what was then a segregated Beckley, she and her friends packed the library on Saturdays because it was one of the few places black kids were treated equal to whites. Much as she loved the library, she missed seeing books about black kids books she now writes to solid national reviews.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

From Miss Ida's Porch
ISBN: 0613050231

Topeka Bindery. 1998

May'Naise Sandwiches & Sunshine Tea
ISBN: 0027090353

Simon & Schuster. 1994

Big Mama reminisces with her grandchild about a childhood experience that helped inspire her to be the first member of her family to attend college

Ernestine & Amanda
ISBN: 068980847X

Aladdin. 1998

Growing up in the segregated south of the 1950s, ten-year-olds Ernestine and Amanda, the former an overweight girl, the latter a daughter of a privileged family, struggle with their mutual dislike of one another. Reprint.

Summer Camp Ready or Not! (Ernestine & Amanda)
ISBN: 0613088476

Econo-Clad Books. 1998

Members of the C.L.U.B.
ISBN: 0613118626

Bt Bound. 1999

Mysteries on Monroe Street
ISBN: 0613159209

Bt Bound. 1999

ISBN: 0688159508

Greenwillow. 2000

Tilara feels that her summer will be wasted when she learns she is to spend it with her aunt Cloelle in an old folks' home, but instead finds friends, romance, and self-worth.

Beauty, Her Basket
ISBN: 0688178219

GreenWilBk. 2003

Sea grass basket . . .

Sweetgrass basket . . .

Beauty, Her Basket.

"I stick my nose inside the basket as far as it can go. I want to smell its secrets."

Sandra Belton and Cozbi A. Cabrera invite you to the Sea Islands, where a young girl, her cousin Victor, and their Nana are spending the summer together. Therewill be stories to share and pictures to see and secrets worth knowing. Secrets about these times and the old times and tomorrow, too.

Store-Bought Baby
ISBN: 0060850868

GreenWilBk. 2006

from what the police report
said i was probably
kissing lester at the exact time
my brother killed himself

wouldn't mama
just love to hear that

There's only one thing that matters. I begin to know somewhere deep inside of me that I would give anything on this earth to be able to hug my brother again.

The Tallest Tree
ISBN: 0060527498

Greenwillow Books. 2008

Living in his rundown neighborhood, it's hard for him to imagine the way it must have been during Mr. Odell's younger years when people like Count Basie and Duke Ellington strolled the streets, but with the help of his friend and the planting of some new trees, Little Catfish is determined to return his community back to its glory state of yesteryear.



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