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Patricia Hruby Powell

Biography

Patricia Hruby Powell

Acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell grew up in a musical family, became a concert dancer and choreographer and married a jazz musician. When she hears Lil's music, she can't help but dance. Patricia's debut book, JOSEPHINE, received a Sibert Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her equally moving and powerful second book, LOVING VS. VIRGINIA, established Patricia as a commanding voice in children's literature.

Patricia Hruby Powell

Books by Patricia Hruby Powell

written by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Rachel Himes - Biography, Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Women's History

This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself --- and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Louis might never have become the groundbreaking jazz player he was, if it hadn't been for Lil. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene.