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Infinite hope : a Black artist's journey from World War II to peace  Cover Image Book Book

Infinite hope : a Black artist's journey from World War II to peace / Ashley Bryan.

Bryan, Ashley, (author,, illustrator.).


This book details artist Ashley Bryan's experiences as a Black soldier in the segregated army of WWII-- Provided by publisher.
"From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving picture book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II, and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. He endured the terrible lies white officers told about the black soldiers to isolate them from anyone who showed kindness--including each other. He received worse treatment than even Nazi POWs. He was assigned the grimmest, most horrific tasks, like burying fallen soldiers... but was told to remove the black soldiers first because the media didn't want them in their newsreels. And he waited and wanted so desperately to go home, watching every white soldier get safe passage back to the United States before black soldiers were even a thought. For the next forty years, Ashley would keep his time in the war a secret. But now, he tells his story. The story of the kind people who supported him. The story of the bright moments that guided him through the dark. And the story of his passion for art that would save him time and time again. Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor-winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope"-- Publisher's description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534404908
  • ISBN: 1534404902
  • Physical Description: 107 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 27 x 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 102) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
From student to draftee -- From draftee to soldier -- An overseas assignment -- There's a war on! -- War's over, but not for us -- Winning the battle within -- A note about the children -- Expressing gratitude.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 up.
Grades 4 to 6.
Subject: Bryan, Ashley > Juvenile literature.
Bryan, Ashley.
Bryan, Ashley.
Illustrators > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American illustrators > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Soldiers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American soldiers > Biography > Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 > Participation, African-American > Juvenile literature.
African American illustrators.
African American soldiers.
World War, 1939-1945 > Participation, African American.
African Americans > Biography.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
African American illustrators.
African American soldiers.
Military participation > African American.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Illustrated works.
Juvenile works.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library J 741.6 BRY (Text) 000156711 Children's Library -- Nonfiction Available -

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