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Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace-First Generation

October 13, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great

Celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers. The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place. Perhaps after reading their stories, you will be inspired to make the world a better place, too.


Sandra Neil Wallace is an author and advocate for change. Known for her investigative journalism and original narrative style, her books for young readers focus on people who break barriers and change the world. The daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, Sandra became a changemaker when she broke a gender barrier in sports as the first woman to host an NHL broadcast on national TV. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable books, the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best”, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, and awarded Booklist’s Editors’ Choice, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award. She became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and is a founding member of the Keene (NH) Immigrant and Refugee Partnership and an advisor to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Find her on twitter: SandraNWallace and at

Rich Wallace’s first novel, Wrestling Sturbridge, was selected as one of the best YA novels of the 20th century by the American Library Association. He’s since authored many more. His recent nonfiction books–co-authored with his wife, Sandra Neil Wallace—include Bound by Ice and the forthcoming First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great. Recent honors include the International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award, the Paterson Prize, the California Reading Association Gold Award, and many others. Rich was a long-time editor at Highlights for Children magazine and continues to write The Timbertoes comic strip for that magazine. He serves on the boards of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, NH. Find him on twitter:@RWallaceBooks and at


October 13, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
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