Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers

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Annotation: Relates the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against the Japanese during World War II.
Catalog Number: #75157
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6548-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-72924-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6548-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-72924-7
Dewey: 940
Language: English
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Word Count: 26,303
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.0 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 156351 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.3 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q59833
Lexile: 1090L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z
What did it take to be a paratrooper in World War II? Specialized training, extreme physical fitness, courage, and -- until the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the Triple Nickles) was formed -- white skin.
It is 1943. Americans are overseas fighting World War II to help keep the world safe from Adolf Hitler's tyranny, safe from injustice, safe from discrimination. Yet right here at home, people with white skin have rights that people with black skin do not.
What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn't ready to fight for you.

“An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted, and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Tanya Lee Stone examines the little-known history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in an attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of First Sergeant Walter Morris, “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.”
Front matter includes a foreword by Ashley Bryan. Back matter includes an author’s note, an appendix, a time line, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.


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