About The Book

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read gives us a glimpse of what life was like for Mary Walker, who was born a slave in 1848 and freed at 15 years old. She worked many jobs over her lifetime and always strived for more. At the age of 116, Mary accomplished her lifelong goal of learning to read. Mary is a real-life lesson in resilience and forgiveness.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read