Who's Jim Hines?

Also by Jean Alicia Elster, Winner of Three Awards!

Who's Jim Hines? is a story based on real events about Douglas Ford, Jr., a twelve-year-old African American boy growing up in Detroit in the 1930s. Doug's father owns the Douglas Ford Wood Company, and when Doug must join his father in the backbreaking work of delivering wood throughout the city and suburbs, he takes the opportunity to unravel the mystery of a man named Jim Hines whom he always hears about but has never seen. In discovering Hines's identity, Doug also learns much about the realities of racism in Depression-era Detroit.

For ages 8 to 12.


"A lively and engaging story that is steeped in history but cleverly weaves in universal elements of family, father-son relationships, boyhood friendships, and life's challenges." — Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

"It's a book about a black family in Detroit in the 1920s and '30s. But it's also the story of the triumph of hope over fear, of dreams over hard realities." — Detroit Free Press

"Based on a true story, Who's Jim Hines? is a story of old racism in the 1930s in the area of Detroit. Who's Jim Hines? is a great period piece aimed at young readers with an interest in history." — Midwest Book Review

Other Books by Jean Alicia Elster
The Joe Joe and the City Series

Just Call Me Joe Joe
I Have a Dream, Too!
I'll Fly My Own Plane
I'll Do the Right Thing