A Coretta Scott King Award winner, Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World examines the passage into adolescence of a young man whose resentment, confusion, and worries about his place in his family are lovingly addressed by his grandfather.
A seasoned cowboy who still maintains the family’s Missouri cattle ranch, Justin’s grandfather teaches him many important lessons from how to make a bed to how to “ride fence”. Along the way, Justin learns about his family’s history and discovers just how much strength and courage it took for black families like his to survive and thrive after emancipation. Grandfather and grandson also attend the Bill Pickett Rodeo which puts the skills of black cowboys on proud display. The story ends when Justin returns to his family and demonstrates his newly gained skills and self-confidence. Justin and the Best Biscuits is a fitting novel for intermediate readers to enjoy and learn from during Black History Month.