For Lamb


Book Details


Holiday House

Published Date

January 10, 2023







About The Author

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome

She is known for her NAACP Image Award-nominated picture book biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet, and her middle-grade novel Finding Langston.

Personal life
Cline-Ransome grew up in Malden, Massachusetts.[1] Her parents are nurses, and she is the youngest of three siblings.[1]

She decided she wanted to become a writer during middle school and completed a summer workshop for teens interested in journalism at Suffolk University.[1] She ultimately decided that journalism wasn't for her and stopped wanting to become a writer until she received encouragement from her professors while studying at Pratt Institute.[1] There, she worked for the college paper and took on a job in advertising.[1]

She didn't pick up her interest in writing until she married her husband, James E. Ransome, who encouraged her to write books for children while he was working on illustrating his first novel.[1] She researched for nearly a year after the birth of her first child before an editor at Simon & Schuster took a chance on what would later become her third published picture book, Satchel Paige.[1]

She lives with her husband and four children in Rhinebeck, New York.[2]

An interracial friendship between two teenage girls goes tragically wrong in this powerful historical novel set in the Jim Crow South.

For Lamb follows a family striving to better their lives in the late 1930s in Jackson, Mississippi. Lamb’s mother is a hard-working, creative seamstress who cannot reveal she is a lesbian. Lamb’s brother has a brilliant mind and has even earned a college scholarship for a black college up north– if only he could curb his impulsiveness and rebellious nature.

Lamb herself is a quiet and studious girl. She is also naive. As she tentatively accepts the friendly overtures of a white girl who loans her a book she loves, she sets off a calamitous series of events that pulls in her mother, charming hustler uncle, estranged father, and brother and ends in a lynching.

Told with nuance and subtlety, avoiding sensationalism and unnecessary brutality, this young adult novel from celebrated author Lesa Cline-Ransome pays homage to the female victims of white supremacy.


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