“A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best.” – Entertainment Weekly
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you’d mention the Statue of Liberty.
Have you seen her?
She’s in New York.
She’s holding a torch.
And she’s in mid-stride, moving forward.
In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country’s creation.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year
A 2018 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild selection
Seven Starred Reviews
“In a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, it’s good to be reminded that Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside the golden door.” – Booklist, starred review
“Thought-provoking.” – Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“A timely immigrant’s tale.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Crucial.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Heartfelt throughout and indisputable timely.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Unique and important.” – School Library Journal, starred review
“Vital.” – School Library Connection, starred review
“As enlightening as it is charming.” – The New York Times
“Witty, moving.” – The Wall Street Journal
Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization that connects students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible.
Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.