On the Line: My Story of Becoming the First African American Rockette (Hardcover)
"Though this tale explores painful emotions, its focus on Jennifer’s personal experience and the pleasure she found in dance make it an absolute delight."—Kirkus Reviews
From the first Black Radio City Rockette dancer, Jennifer Jones, comes an inspiring picture book autobiography perfect for fans of trailblazers like Misty Copeland, Mae Jemison, and more.
Dancing has always made her feel free, like she can do anything. But when Jennifer was a child, some people didn’t think that she had a future as a dancer because of the color of her skin.
With the support of her family, especially her mother, she proved that anything is possible when you believe you belong.
With beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Robert Paul Jr., On the Line is a captivating true story about manifesting your dreams..
Jennifer Jones is a Tony Award–winning dancer and activist known for her pioneering role as the first Black Rockette. Since 1987, she has advocated for equal rights in the arts, and her work has been celebrated by the Harlem School of the Arts, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden. She is a colon cancer survivor and the author of a forthcoming memoir, Becoming Spectacular. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her first book.
Robert Paul Jr. has a love for people and everyone’s unique story, which feeds perfectly into his career as an illustrator and character designer. Born in St. Lucia and raised in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, Robert’s ultimate calling is to help children lead fun, positive, and enriched lives through storytelling. He lives with his wife and daughter in Houston, Texas, and enjoys mentoring young artists, experiencing ballet performances, and discovering delicious new recipes and restaurants.
Lissette Norman is a poet and the author of the picture books My Feet Are Laughing and Plátanos Go with Everything. She is also coauthor of the picture books Until Someone Listens by Estela Juarez and On the Line: My Story of Becoming the First African American Rockette by Jennifer Jones. Lissette received her BA in English at SUNY-Binghamton and currently lives in New York City. Visit her at lissettenorman.com.
"Though this tale explores painful emotions, its focus on Jennifer’s personal experience and the pleasure she found in dance make it an absolute delight." — Kirkus Reviews