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Allies for Justice: How Louis Redding and Collins Seitz Changed the Complexion of America’s Schools.

Almost two centuries after the Declaration of Independence affirmed that all men are created equal, the laws of the land – especially those governing America’s school system – implied the opposite. Most people are familiar with Brown v. Board of Education, but few are aware of the powerful role that two extraordinary Delawareans played in that historic decision. Without Louis Redding and Collins Seitz, the Brown decision may have turned out very differently.

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I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. As a young African American attorney who opened my own firm right here in Dover, DE, your book has been a true inspiration to me – a genuine message of hope and change … I was free in 2008 to open a law practice in Dover because folks like Redding and Seitz took a stand and moved mountains so I would not have to climb them. I intend to do the same for the next generation. Karen Y. Vicks, Esquire

I am always reading 3-4 books at the same time, but sometimes there is a book I tap into that pushes all the other books to the side. Your book put two other worthy books on the back burner … For such a thin book, it was richly compressed with a lot of history … and I very much appreciate that your book is useful and accessible to youths and adults alike …[Y]our book is an outstanding contribution to our history resources in this state. Carlos Holmes, Director of News Services at Delaware State University

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When a young child’s grandfather comes to live with him, they become best friends. When Pop Pop gets ill, he tells the child, “My spirit will always be with you.” After Pop Pop dies, the child searches everywhere for Pop Pop’s spirit and discovers the healing power of happy memories.

This book is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com

I loved your book. It was so true to the mark in explaining how children grieve and how important it is for adults to talk to their children about the loss of a family member. Having worked with children in bereavement for 13 years at Delaware Hospice I recognized how difficult it was to help parents to speak about loss to their children when they themselves were feeling a loss so acutely and how often children became the “forgotten grievers” in a family. Being at a loss for words, parents sometimes stopped talking about the deceased person. And children often do not have the vocabulary to express their grief since their understanding of death is so limited. We (and other social workers like myself) often used books, art therapy and play therapy to reach young children who were bereft and bewildered. Your book so beautifully expresses the idea of how the “spirit” of the deceased person continues to live on “in memory.” It is a powerful message for all of us – young and old. I plan to order several more copies of this book and send copies to Delaware Hospice to share with the counselors. They will be happy to use your books s another resource for children and parents of children. Ronnie Grady

This book is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com

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Blue’s river is dying. For centuries, the river has taken great care of people and other living beings, always giving them what they needed. Now the river has reached the point where it cannot give anymore. Can a ten-year-old girl and a 400-year-old Great Blue Heron save Blue’s river?

“I read a lot of books in my youth and how this book is written reminded me of some of my favorite book series I read as a girl. The book is engaging and informative in a way that is easy for young readers to understand. It is definitely the type of book that you don’t want to put down. At the end of every chapter, historical facts are included which I think is a nice touch. There’s a vocabulary section at the end which is helpful for the young readers who are unsure of terms used related to the water i.e. estuary, aquifer, watershed.  My favorite part of the book is at the end – there’s a “How you can protect and conserve water” section that provides some insight on what you can do at home to help the environment. I definitely recommend the book for young readers. I actually think it would be a great book used in classrooms for the students who are learning Delaware history.” Connor Lee Graham, Delaware Public Archives

Blue’s River truly is a fabulous story – such a wise way to tell the history of water and warn about today’s challenges! Lynn Edler, Teacher of English


Blue’s River is a well crafted blending of three different stories with both social and environmental issues in play. Andie, a fifth grader, is learning about herself and the environment she lives in thanks to ‘Blue’. The author, a retired master teacher, included a section at the end of each chapter to offer deeper explanations to enrich the reading experience without slowing down the story and has illustrations throughout the book to spark one’s imagination. An excellent choice for reader’s of all age levels. Mike Sampere, Social Studies Teacher.

Great book for 7+ a wonderful story with a lot of history and the environment knowledge easy for kids to understand. Dennis Brennan.

I just finished reading it cover to cover, in one sitting. It is wonderful! The trip through history was informative and very easy to read. I laughed, smiled, and learned a lot. The Diving Deeper sections were a great idea. This would be important as part of a language arts/reading/science curriculum. This is such an important topic! Judy Martin, Executive Director of Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

During the early days of Covid, I was feeling quite a lot of anxiety (as I think we all were). I spent most of 2 days or so lying down on our sofa, and read your entire book cover to cover. It was wonderful and also very calming!! What great connections you made between your early teacher, very recognizable local Dover places, history and nature while also making it an appealing read for children (like the nervousness Andie felt about her upcoming presentation). Plus your ecological information is terrific. Susan Yost, PhD, Educator, Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, Delaware State University (retired)

Kathleen Marie Doyle has a particularly strong concept in Blue’s River… I genuinely thought this book to be stellar… I hope she will continue to educate on the issue [of watersheds]… Doyle has produced a wonderful story here, and I hope she’ll bring the same fire to the next book she sends us. Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.