Sherri Winston is the author of President of the Whole Fifth Grade, President of the Whole Sixth Grade, President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code, The Sweetest Sound, Jada Sly: Artist & Spy, and The Kayla Chronicles. Before she was an author, Winston was a newspaper writer and columnist. In Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), Lotus just wants to express herself – with her violin, her retro style, and her fabulous hair. This school year, she’s taking her talent and spirit to the seventh grade at a new school of the arts. But her best friend, Rebel, thinks Lotus should stay put – Why should the fancy new school get all the funding and take the brightest kids? Rebel wants Lotus to help her protest, but Lotus isn’t sure. But later on, when Lotus finds herself in trouble for a dress code violation, she must choose between staying quiet and risking her beloved hair or fighting back. Inspired by real stories of Black girls fighting dress codes that discriminate against their hair and culture, Lotus Bloom introduces a memorable character who speaks up for what’s right, no matter what it takes.