Courage Has No Color

Courage Has No Color

Candlewick Press | 2013 | 10 and up


Courage Has No Color
The True Story of the Triple Nickles

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NAACP Image Award Winner!

Foreword by Ashley Bryan

More than 100 photographs!

Many have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen, but few know of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion--the Triple Nickle. These were our first black paratroopers. They proved the black soldiers could do anything  their white counterparts could do. They even fought a little-known attack on U.S. soil by the Japanese!

Learn how these men paved the way for other black soldiers in the Army, and integrated the Army 6 months before Truman's Executive Order.  

Tanya Lee Stone (author of Almost Astronauts) has done 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. Theirs is an extraordinary story. 


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NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature for Youth/Teens

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

Orbis Pictus Honor Book

IRA Notable Books for a Global Society 2014

Publishers Weekly Best Books 2013

Kirkus Best Books of 2013

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2014

2014 Texas Tayshas Reading List

TOP TEN ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2014

ALSC 2014 Notables Children's Book AND ALSC 2014 Notables Children's Recording

YALSA Amazing Audio Pick

Washington Post's Best New Reads of 2013

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2013 Blue Ribbon List

BuzzFeed's 20 Best Children's Books of 2013

NYPL's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Booklist Editor's Choice & Booklist's 2013 "Lasting Connections"

Best Multicultural Books of 2013 (Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature)

A Parents' Choice Award Recommended Title

State Award Lists: Vermont, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, Kansas


Kirkus (starred): "An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes." 

Publishers Weekly (starred): "A captivating look at a small but significant piece of military and civil rights history." 

School Library Journal (starred): "A moving, thoughtful history...a gift to readers....a must-have for any library." 

Booklist (starred): "Riveting...written with great immediacy, clarity, and authority."