Review: Let The Truth Be Told Celebrates Bravery Of Journalist Ida B. Wells

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If you like stories about rebellious girls, you’ll enjoy this book called Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers, with illustrations by Bonnie Christensen. Since this is the last day of Black History Month, I decided to review it.  

This book is about the life of Ida B. Wells, a woman who spoke up for women and black people’s rights. She even was a reporter for a newspaper called Free Speech and Headlight. That’s how she educated people about the unfair treatment black people an women were going through. Ida B. Wells was a woman who was not afraid to speak up. “I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it has done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I have said,” she explained.

I liked this book because it showed how one person can make a tremendous impact on history. Ida B. Wells was like a lion, my favorite animal, because she let her voice be heard like a lion’s roar.

I recommend this book to people who like the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, which I will be reviewing during Women’s History Month. This book also inspires girls to speak up for themselves. This book is for ages 8+. Even though it is a picture book, this book could be too complex for a younger child because it includes topics like lynching and segregation.

This book was pretty good. I give it 3 out 4 roses.







This book was pretty good. It gets three out of four roses!


  1. Elena, I also think Ida B Wells was amazing, and that her contributions are often overlooked. Why do you think the role of a fearless journalist is so important? Do you still think that is the case today?

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