As Fast As Words Could Fly
By Pamela Tuck
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
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Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father’s excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters. One day Pa comes home with a gift from his civil rights group: a typewriter. Thrilled with the present, Mason spends all his spare time teaching himself to type. Soon he knows where every letter on the keyboard is located.
When the civil rights group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns that now he will be attending a formerly all-white high school. Despite his fears and injustice from the students and faculty, Mason perseveres. He does well in school—especially in his typing class. And when he competes in the county typing tournament, Mason decides to take a stand, using his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.
Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, As Fast As Words Could Fly is an inspiring testament to the power of hard work, determination, and belief in yourself to overcome life’s challenges.
Read Aloud with actor Dulé Hill, created and provided by Storyline Online, an interactive children's literacy website of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Read an interview with Pamela M. Tuck's father, Moses Teel Jr., here.
Download the interview in PDF
About the Creators
gets her love of storytelling from her grandfather, whose “jaw-dropping, eye-popping” stories enchanted her as a child. She began writing poetry in elementary school, then later ventured into writing short stories and plays. Tuck was inspired to write As Fast As Words Could Fly by her father’s experiences growing up in the 1960s in a family of civil rights activists. Tuck won Lee & Low’s New Voices Award for the manuscript for As Fast As Words Could Fly, her first picture book. She lives in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their children.
has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, and has authored some picture books as well. Among the awards he has received for his work are the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. When not illustrating book projects, Velasquez teaches book illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.
About This Title
New Voices Award Winner
LEE & LOW BOOKS
International Reading Association (IRA)
Diverse and Impressive Children's Books of 2013
International Reading Association (IRA)
Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist
New Mexico Library Association
Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" Book Award
Manhattan Country School
Show Me Readers Nominee
Missouri Association of School Librarians
Skipping Stones Honor Award
Skipping Stones Magazine
Story Telling World Award
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 7
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
United States History, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, History, Heroism, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Conflict resolution, Civil Rights Movement, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Informational Text, Integrity/Honesty , Leadership, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation
Part of These Collections
New Voices Award Winners & Honors Collection, Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Collection, Black History Collection, Grades 3-6, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, African American English Collection Grades 3-6, Historical Fiction Grades 3-6, Responsibility/Leadership, Persistence and Determination Collection, Respect and Self-Respect Collection, Storyline Online Collection , Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades 3-5 Black History Month Bestselling Books Collection,