Derrick Barnes

BIO

DERRICK BARNES is a National Book Award Finalist for his 2022 graphic novel Victory. Stand!-Raising My Fist For Justice. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.

In 2020, he became the only author to have won the Kirkus Prize twice for his twelfth release, the New York Times bestseller I Am Every Good Thing. The title also won a Charlotte Huck Award (NCTE), and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor.

Derrick is also the creator of the New York Times Bestselling companion picture books, The King of Kindergarten (2019) and The Queen of Kindergarten (2022).

He is a graduate of Jackson State University (BA-Marketing ’99) and was the first African-American male creative copywriter hired by greeting cards giant Hallmark Cards. Derrick is a native of Kansas City, MO, but currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes, and their four sons, the Mighty Barnes Brothers.

 

VICTORY – STAND! RAISING MY FIST FOR JUSTICE

Starting middle school is no joke! Isaiah Dunn has more to say in the sequel to the award-winning novel Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero. Friendship, community, and a love of poetry blend in this coming-of-age tale.

Things are looking up for super kid Isaiah Dunn. He and his sister, Charlie, are getting used to staying with Miz Rita, and Mama’s feeling better. Isaiah’s poetry business with Angel is taking off. Plus, Isaiah has his dad’s journals if he needs advice….

Like maybe now, because starting middle school is hard. His mentee Kobe won’t stop making trouble. To fix things, Isaiah will have to rely on every hero he knows–including himself!

Discover the heartfelt and humorous sequel to the award-winning novel Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero.

Victory, Stand! Raising My Fist For Justice by Derrick Barnes and Tommie Smith (authors) and Dawud Anyabwile (illustrator) - (Norton Young Readers)

VICTORY – STAND! RAISING MY FIST FOR JUSTICE