Our site will be undergoing maintenance from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20. During this time, Bookshop, checkout, and other features will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Cookies must be enabled to use this website.
Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available

See inside

Book details
  • SubGenre:Biography & Autobiography / Historical
  • Age Range (years):3 - 10
  • Language:English
  • Pages:72
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798350923667

Susie Clark: The Bravest Girl You've Ever Seen

by Joshalyn Hickey-Johnson

Book Image Not Available Book Image Not Available

See inside


This picture book beautifully simplifies for young readers a decades-long struggle for civil rights in a period before, during, and after the Civil War. It offers an imagined glimpse into the true story of Susan Clark and her family, who overcame barriers to equal access to education.

¡También disponible en español en el siguiente enlace!


Susan Clark was just 13 when she became the first Black student in the United States to integrate a public school through a court order. Her lawsuit, decided by the Iowa Supreme Court in 1868, gave all Iowa children the right to attend public school regardless of race, religion, nationality, or any other distinction. Segregated schools were the norm in many states until the 1954 US Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Susan's case contributed to that landmark decision. To capture and share this critical story, this book was commissioned by the Global Education program at the Stanley Center and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.

For 50% off the paperback or hardcover versions, use coupon code: Muscatine

About the author
Joshalyn Hickey-Johnson, aka Ms. Rocki, was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and attended Waterloo public schools. She is the mother of two and grandmother of seven. Ms. Rocki took on the challenge of working a traditionally male job at Viking Pump in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and worked there for 30 years. She began writing books featuring real-life experiences from her children's lives as they were growing up. Her debut book, "GOOD MORNING, LOVEY!" was published in 2005, followed by "Travis It's NOT Your Birthday!" in 2008. She partnered with Chaveevah Ferguson, serving as a publicist with BaHar Publishing, the first African-American-owned book publishing company in Iowa. She co-authored "Ropes In The Kitchen" with her father, Naaman 'Jock' Hickey. Ms. Rocki started NORTH END UPDATE, a weekly live interactive show highlighting good things in her local community and featured on Iowa Public Television's "Greetings from Iowa." Since 2017, she has worked on the show with her best friend and co-host Chaveevah. Ms. Rocki recently hosted Iowa PBS's "Juneteenth: THE MOVEMENT."