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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justiceby Phillip Hoose
Winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009
Synopses & Reviews
and#160;Sarah Rector was once famously hailed as and#147;the richest black girl in America.and#8221; Set against the backdrop of American history, her tale encompasses the creation of Indian Territory, the making of Oklahoma, and the establishment of black towns and oil-rich boomtowns.
Rector acquired her fortune at the age of eleven. This is both her story and that of children just like her: one filled with ups and downs amid bizarre goings-on and crimes perpetrated by greedy and corrupt adults. From a trove of primary documents, including court and census records and interviews with family members, author Tonya Bolden painstakingly pieces together the events of Sarahand#8217;s life and the lives of those around her.
The book includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.
Praise for Searching for Sarah Rector
"This handsome volume with its many photographs is carefully sourced and has a helpful glossary, illustration credits and index. Bolden admirably tells a complex story while modeling outstanding research strategy, as her insightful authorand#8217;s note attests."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"Boldenand#8217;s remarks on tracking down Sarahand#8217;s story will appeal to those who enjoy untangling historical mysteries."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin, a teenager who knew her constitutional rights and was willing to get arrested to prove it. Through Colvin's recollections, an informative narrative and archival photos, Hoose gives new immediacy to one of the civil rights movement's monumental achievements: the Montgomery bus boycott. Roused by injustices around her and by what she'd learned about black... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) history in school, the 15-year-old Colvin refused to give her bus seat to a white woman on March 2, 1955. She was rewarded with vile treatment by police, time in a jail cell and a mixed reception from her own community. Colvin came into contact with Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. (making his political debut on her behalf) and other leaders, but many of her elders and peers dismissed Colvin's civil disobedience. The movement's leaders evidently sidelined her when she became pregnant, a development that Colvin and Hoose deal with straightforwardly. In 1956, as some violently expressed their rage against racial progress, Colvin nevertheless testified in a landmark segregation case. Again, her age and circumstances didn't diminish her courage. Reviewed by Abby McGanney Nolan, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. In her own words, Claudette gives a detailed look at segregated life in 1950s Memphis and the start of the civil rights movement.
Before Rosa Parks, there was 15-year-old Claudette Colvin. Now available in paperback: her National Book Award-wining story, told by the incomparable Phillip Hoose.
An authorized biography about Temple Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist, and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities, by Sibert Medal-winning author Sy Montgomery. Includes photographs, many from Temple's personal collection.
Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change and#8212; to save his countryand#8217;s children.
Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him: families starving in doorways, babies being and#8220;droppedand#8221; on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class. After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe-polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves. It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice.
"Its my constitutional right!" screamed Claudette Colvin as she was dragged off a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat to a white woman. It was March 2, 1955—nine months before Rosa Parks took a similar stand. But instead of being celebrated as Parks was, Colvin was shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that did for transportation what Brown v. The Board of Education did for education.
Called "unforgettable" by The Wall Street Journal, this outstanding, ground-breaking account of an almost forgotten civil rights pioneer garnered praise and accolades, including a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Robert F. Sibert Book. As The New York Times said in a glowing review, Hoose "finally gives [Colvin] the credit she deserves."
About the Author
PHILLIP HOOSE’s distinguished nonfiction includes the National Book Award Finalist We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Maine.
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