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Books with author Beth Griffis Johnson

  • 100 Days of School

    Trudy Harris, Beth Griffis Johnson

    Paperback (First Avenue Editions TM, Aug. 1, 1999)
    How many ways are there to count to 100? Lots! The funny rhymes in this book will show you some different ways to count to 100 using a clown's nose, piggy toes, and other groups of things. It all adds up to a fun way to learn about 100!
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  • Rosa Parks and the Bus to Freedom

    Beth Johnson

    (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2012)
    On a December day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested, jailed, and tried for the crime of breaking the laws of segregation.Rosa's action led to the famous Montgomery bus boycott, a year-long act of protest that focused the attention of the world on the struggle of black Americans to gain their civil rights. It also brought a young pastor named Martin Luther King into the national spotlight. It led to a Supreme Court decision that changed America's history.For decades, black Americans had put up with the evils of segregation. They had endured the humiliation of Whites Only facilities. They had used Colored entrances. They had dealt with separate White and Negro drinking fountains. And they had taken seats in the back of the bus.What, then, led a 42-year-old woman to say, No more? This story explores how Rosa Parks' life prepared her for the moment she would become a true American hero.
  • Everyday Heroes

    Beth Johnson

    eBook (Townsend Press, April 17, 2013)
    Meet a few of the people whose stories appear in Everyday Heroes:•Rod Sutton was an angry, fatherless kid expelled from school at the age of thirteen for assaulting a teacher. Today he runs an innovative program that teaches high-risk youngsters to respect themselves and others. •Yvonne Chavez was a teenage mother caught up in gang violence and an abusive marriage. Today she is an outstanding college student who intends to practice law. •Elda Sara Morgan was an outcast in school, ignored or cruelly teased because of a disability. Today she is a teacher dedicated to finding the beauty and promise in each of her special-needs students. •Joe Davis was a high-school dropout, a drug addict, and a mugger. Today Joe is a college graduate with a a passionate mission to steer young people away from the path of self-destruction. Everyday Heroes tells the stories of these and nine other men and women who have faced—and overcome—serious challenges in their lives. The stories testify both to the power of their determination and to the resilience of the human spirit.
  • Brother to Brother: Black Men Speak to Young Black Men

    Beth Johnson

    language (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2009)
    We asked ten African American men from a wide range of backgrounds this question: If you had a chance to speak to the young Black men of America, what would you say?The essays in Brother to Brother are their answers. In this book, you will read the frequently encouraging, sometimes angry, occasionally sad, often challenging, but always thoughtful words of these ten men, including . . . • Kenyon Whittington, an abused and abandoned child who not only overcame his own harsh circumstances but now serves as a guide to others;• Fluke Fluker, a one-time juvenile delinquent, later Marine Corps sergeant, and founder of an organization that turned one failing Los Angeles high school around;• Joseph Marshall, Jr., whose success in touching the lives of San Francisco gang members has earned him an Oprah “Use Your Life” award;• Elijah Anderson, a distinguished sociologist whose study of the Black community is world-renowned;• Joe Davis, a former junkie and drug dealer, now a mental health therapist who works tirelessly to end the kind of senseless violence that put him in a wheelchair.These men and others are waiting for you in the pages of Brother to Brother. They reach out to take you by the hand and say, “Sit down, my brother. Let’s talk.”
  • Great Stories of Suspense & Adventure

    Beth Johnson

    eBook (Townsend Press, April 17, 2013)
    In Great Stories of Suspense & Adventure, six spine-tingling experiences await you.•You'll visit a sun-baked garden in India, where silent death lurks in the tall grass. •In the peaceful English countryside, you'll be given a gift too terrible for words. •On a lush plantation in Brazil, you'll battle an army of tiny soldiers who turn a man into a skeleton in the blink of an eye. •On trial for your life, your fate will hang in the hands of a friend who just might wish you dead. •Deep in the frozen Yukon north, you'll confront a danger that's beyond human understanding. •On a tropical island, you'll meet a charming fellow who loves to hunt—and he has you in mind as his target. Note: The classic stories in this Townsend Library collection have been carefully edited to be more accessible to today's students.
  • Everyday Heroes

    Beth Johnson

    Paperback (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2010)
    This book is part of the Townsend Library, a collection of high-interest paperbacks published by Townsend Press to promote reading among today s students. Acclaimed by educators nationwide, the Townsend Library is helping millions of young adults discover the pleasure and power of reading.
  • Voces Latinas

    Beth johnson

    (Townsend Press, May 30, 2010)
    To be Hispanic in the U.S. today is to be part of the most rapidly growing group in the country. As Hispanics become increasingly visible in every aspect of society, it is more important than ever that they share their stories--tales that add richness and dimension to the larger American story. In this book, ten men and women describe their life journeys: where they have come from, where they are now, and where they are going. In doing so, they give an extraordinary glimpse into the hearts and minds of today s Hispanic Americans.
  • Facing Addiction: Three True Stories

    Beth Johnson

    (Townsend Press, March 1, 2006)
    This book is part of the Townsend Library, a collection of high-interest paperbacks published by Townsend Press to promote reading among today's students. Acclaimed by educators nationwide, the Townsend Library is helping millions of young adults discover the pleasure and power of reading.
  • Rosa Parks and the Bus to Freedom

    Beth Johnson

    language (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2012)
    On a December day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested, jailed, and tried for the crime of breaking the laws of segregation. Rosa's action led to the famous Montgomery bus boycott, a year-long act of protest that focused the attention of the world on the struggle of black Americans to gain their civil rights. It also brought a young pastor named Martin Luther King into the national spotlight. It led to a Supreme Court decision that changed America's history.For decades, black Americans had put up with the evils of segregation. They had endured the humiliation of "Whites only" facilities. They had used "Colored" entrances. They had dealt with separate "White" and "Negro" drinking fountains. And they had taken seats in the back of the bus. What, then, led a 42-year-old woman to say, "No more"?This story explores how Rosa Parks' life prepared her for the moment she would become a true American hero.
  • Reading Changed My Life!: Three True Stories

    Beth Johnson

    language (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2003)
    After a lifetime of abuse, Maria Cardenas was finally living in peace with her daughter. But soon, that little girl would be able to read better than her mother. What could Maria do? School was a nightmare for Daisy Russell. She couldn't wait to get away from a place where she felt stupid and worthless. But once she dropped out, she discovered a burning desire to learn to read. Was it too late? As a child, Julia Burney escaped from the poverty and violence of her home into a world of books. As an adult, she saw children growing up without that escape available to them. How could she help? In Reading Changed My Life! Three True Stories, you'll learn what happened to Maria, Daisy, and Julia. They are three courageous women whose stories will touch and inspire you.
  • Everyday Heroes

    Beth Johnson

    Paperback (Townsend Pr, May 1, 1996)
    Profiles twenty young men and women of a variety of ethnic backgrounds whose courage and determination have helped them overcome such obstacles as poverty, racism, abuse, neglect, illness, and drugs.
  • Voces Latinas: Hispanic Adults Speak to Hispanic Young People

    Beth Johnson

    language (Townsend Press, Jan. 1, 2010)
    To be Hispanic in the U.S. today is to be part of the most rapidly growing group in the country. As Hispanics become increasingly visible in every aspect of society, it is more important than ever that they share their stories--tales that add richness and dimension to the larger American story. In this book, ten men and women describe their life journeys: where they have come from, where they are now, and where they are going. In doing so, they give an extraordinary glimpse into the hearts and minds of today’s Hispanic Americans.Guadalupe Quintanilla, labeled “retarded” as a child, now a nationally known educator;Andres Idarraga, whose path to Yale Law School led through a federal prison;Maria Cárdenas, an abused and nearly illiterate migrant worker who refused to accept the fate she had been handed;Angel Cordero, who shelters kids from the mean streets of Camden, New Jersey, in a church basement turned makeshift high school;Lupe Valdez, who was elected sheriff of Dallas, Texas, against almost unbelievable odds;Bobby Rodriguez, who struggled with his conflicting desires to be a good father and a carefree teenager.