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    Eleanora E. Tate


    Eleanora E. Tate is the author of eleven novels for young readers, including her most recent, the historical fiction novel Celeste's Harlem Renaissance, which was the 2007 American Association of University Women's North Carolina Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature and a 2008 IRA Teachers' Choice Award winner. Her acclaimed South Carolina trilogy consists of The Secret of Gumbo Grove; Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! (a Bankstreet "Children's Book of the Year"), and A Blessing in Disguise. Her many awards include the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award given by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.; and the Parents Choice Gold Seal Award (for The Secret of Gumbo Grove, also a California Young Reader Medal finalist). Her book, Just an Overnight Guest, was made into an award-winning film shown on PBS' Wonderworks Series and Nickleodeon. She is also the author of its sister book, Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School. Her other books include To Be Free; Don’t Split the Pole: Tales of Down-Home Folk Wisdom; and The Minstrel’s Melody (part of the American Girl History Mysteries series). 

    In addition to her fiction, Eleanora is the author of the biography, African American Musicians, and numerous short stories and essays. A folktale compiler and reteller, she is also the author of Retold African Myths. A long-time journalist, she wrote for The Iowa Bystander and the Des Moines Register and Tribune newspapers. She is an instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature, West Redding, CT, and was a children's literature instructor with North Carolina Central University, Durham.

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  • Accomplishments


    African American Musicians

    Celeste's Harlem Renaissance
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Retold African Myths
    Perfection Learning

    The Secret of Gumbo Grove
    Perfection Learning

    Just an Overnight Guest
    Just Us Books

    To Be Free
    Vaughn Books

    Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

    A Blessing in Disguise
    Just Us Books

    Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School
    Sankofa Books