Tanya Lee Stone                                                                                         Photo Credit: Ambient Photography

Stone Launches New Book on WWII Paratroopers

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Thursday January 24, 2013

Tanya Lee Stone of South Burlington will celebrate the launch for her new non-fiction book, Courage Has No Color, on Thursday, February 7th at Phoenix Books in Burlington. 

Courage Has No Color tells the extraordinary, unknown story of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickels—America’s first black paratroopers during WWII. They proved that black soldiers could do anything their white counterparts could do, and even fought a little-known attack on U.S. soil by the Japanese. The Triple Nickels paved the way for other black soldiers, and integrated the Army six months before Truman’s Executive Order. Stone did extensive original research and put the pieces of this story together in full historical context for readers young and old. A labor of love that has taken nearly 10 years, this story is finally able to be told, complete with more than 100 photographs.

Stone studied English at Oberlin College and has a Master’s Degree in Science Education. She was an editor of children’s nonfiction for many years, but when she got her chance to write her first book, she was hooked. The award-winning author has written more than 90 books for young readers, including the young adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House), Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald (Viking), picture books Elizabeth Leads the Way (Holt, April 08), Sandy’s Circus (Viking, Sept 08), and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie (Viking 2010). Stone is also the Robert F. Sibert Award–winning author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream.

Courage Has No Color has received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, which called the book, “An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” Publishers Weekly adds, “Set against the entrenched racism of the 1940s, the nine chapters include asides about media stereotypes regarding African-Americans and how photographs of black soldiers were often left out of the military record. Myriad quotations from personal interviews and more than 100 b&w photos reveal the heroism and perseverance of these groundbreaking men... A captivating look at a small but significant piece of military and civil rights history.”

Phoenix Books Burlington is located at 191 Bank Street in Burlington. This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of Courage Has No Color will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 448-3350 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

SOURCE: Phoenix Books