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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

  • From Miss Ida`s Porch, Four Winds Press / Macmillan, 1993
  • May`naise Sandwiches and Sunshine Tea, Four Winds Press / Macmillan, 1994
  • Ernestine & Amanda, Simon & Schuster, 1996
  • Ernestine & Amanda, Summer Camp Ready or Not, Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • Ernestine & Amanda, Members of the C.L.U.B., Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • Ernestine & Amanda, Mysteries on Monroe Street, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • McKendree, Harper Collins, 2000
  • Beauty, Her Basket, Greenwillow Books, 2003
  • Store Bought Happiness, HarperTeen, 2006
  • The Tallest Tree, Greenwillow Books, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

May'naise sandwiches & sunshine tea /
ISBN: 0027090353. OCLC Number:

Four Winds Press ;. New York :. ©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. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1996.

Although they do not like each other at first, two girls who take piano lessons from the same teacher, share friendship with twin sisters, and have their own personal problems each gradually find their feelings about the other changing.

McKendree /
ISBN: 0688159508. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©2000.

In 1948, while spending the summer with her aunt in West Virginia to find her family roots, Tilara begins visiting the "colored" old folks' home called McKendree, makes new friends, and learns to love herself.

Beauty, her basket /
ISBN: 0688178219. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books/Amistad,. [New York] :. ©2004.

While visiting her grandmother in the Sea Islands, a young girl hears about her African heritage and learns to weave a sea grass basket.

Store bought baby /
ISBN: 0060850868. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York, NY :. ©2006.

The death of Leah's beloved older brother, and her parents' reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

The tallest tree /
ISBN: 0060527498. OCLC Number:

Amistad/Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©2008.

When a group of young African-American children learn about Paul Robeson from one of the neighborhood "elders," they decide to reclaim the town theater in order to celebrate Robeson's life.



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