Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Physical book
10 - 13
Reading age
Page count
Words per page
Lexile measure
Oct 15, 2019
Publication date

Buy from other retailers


What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. He endured the terrible lies white officers told about the black soldiers to isolate them from anyone who showed kindness—including each other. He received worse treatment than even Nazi POWs. He was assigned the grimmest, most horrific tasks, like burying fallen soldiers…but was told to remove the black soldiers first because the media didn’t want them in their newsreels. And he waited and wanted so desperately to go home, watching every white soldier get safe passage back to the United States before black soldiers were even a thought. For the next forty years, Ashley would keep his time in the war a secret. But now, he tells his story. The story of the kind people who supported him. The story of the bright moments that guided him through the dark. And the story of his passion for art that would save him time and time again. Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

What Kind of Book is Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace


America20th centuryart1900-19491950 - 1999soldiersBlack history1940smilitary and warsartistsWorld War II


Race, Ethnicities, & Nationalities


    Book Lists That Include This Book

    The Creative Behind the Book

    Awards Given to This Book

    What Has Ashley Bryan Said About This Book

    Nothing yet! Let Ashley Bryan know that you want to hear from them about their book.

    More Books by Ashley Bryan

      picture • 56 Pages
      Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
      Ashley Bryan
      picture • 40 Pages
      All Things Bright and Beautiful
      Ashley Bryan
      picture • 32 Pages
      I Am Loved
      Ashley Bryan, Nikki Giovanni
      picture • 40 Pages
      Beautiful Blackbird
      Ashley Bryan
      picture • 40 Pages
      Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem
      Ashley Bryan
      View more

    Other Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked This Book

      chapter • 112 Pages
      Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
      Kadir Nelson
      chapter • 96 Pages
      Purple Death: The Mysterious Flu of 1918
      David Getz, Peter McCarty
      chapter • 128 Pages
      Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business
      #1 in Series
      Rebel Girls, Salini Perera
      chapter • 128 Pages
      The Tortoise and the Soldier
      Michael Foreman
      chapter • 128 Pages
      All about Helen Keller
      Chris Edwards, Amber Calderon
      chapter • 112 Pages
      Basil of Baker Street
      #1 in Series
      Eve Titus, Paul Galdone
      chapter • 118 Pages
      Babe the Gallant Pig
      Dick King-Smith
      chapter • 111 Pages
      Voyage with the Vikings
      chapter • 128 Pages
      The Storm Dragon
      #1 in Series
      Paula Harrison, Sophy Williams
      chapter • 128 Pages
      Roxie and the Hooligans
      Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Book Details

    Publication Date
    October 15, 2019
    Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Page Count
    Words Per Page
    Juvenile Reader
    Reading Age
    10 - 13 years
    Est. Lexile® Level
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
    ATOS® Book Level
    Accelerated Reader® Points
    Accelerated Reader Quiz
    Accelerated Reader Interest Level

    Contribute to this page

    Core Score - 80%

    This page is starting to look fantastic!

    Depth Score - 15%

    Just the barebones.

    Improve this page

    Are you the author or illustrator? Claim your book.

    Top Contributors


    Book Clubs

    Follow Bookroo