Denise Lewis Patrick

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Never Stop Singing
Melody and her friends get together to show their community that kids can be part of social change, too!

No Ordinary Sound
Fairness and equality for all people are music to Melody Ellison's ears.

Finding Someplace
"Powerful." -- School Library Journal, starred review

A Matter of Souls
This stirring collection of short stories considers the souls of black men and women across centuries and continents.

Dare To Dream...Change the World
From Jonas Salk to Martha Graham, thirty of our nation's most prestigious poets focus their creative vision on people who not only changed their own lives, but the lives of people all over the world.




Ma Dear’s Old Green House

Cousins, cousins everywhere! What are summers like at Ma Dear’s house ? They’re full of fun... until the cousins get an unexpected surprise.

The Adventures of Midnight Son

In the midst of the approaching Civil War, Midnight Son’s parents make the dangerous decision to help him escape from the Texas plantation where they are all held as slaves. Alone, frightened, but determined to be free, Midnight finds himself in Mexico. There, he learns to build a new life: as a friend, as a cowboy, and as a free man.

Selected Works

Middle Grade
When Melody takes on the challenge of beautifying her beloved neighborhood, she learns about friendship, family, and being a leader.
In 1960s Detroit, music-lover Melody Ellison learns to lift her voice for justice and equality.
Reesie Boone, her family, friends and home town of New Orleans endure and survive Hurricane Katrina.
Y/A Historical Fiction
From the shores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic ship to a voting booth in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is A Matter of Souls.
Poems
"Word to the Wise," included in an amazing anthology of poetry for children.
Historical Fiction
Cecile Amelie Rey is a free girl of color in 1850's New Orleans. It's an exciting time in her life-- when she meets a new friend, unexpected adventures begin!
Find out how Cecile learns to deal with some difficult problems, and learns a lot about her own strengths.
Every person is special, Cecile learns. But what, exactly, is the gift she has to offer her family and her beloved city of New Orleans?
“In a voice strong and true, Patrick’s narrator easily carries the story, winning readers; hearts…”
Kirkus Reviews
Picture Book
“This heartwarming story is just right for intergenerational sharing.”
–School Library Journal