Synopses & Reviews
An inspiring look at the fight for the vote, by an award-winning author
Only 44 years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.
Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Focusing on the courageous children who faced terrifying violence in order to march alongside King, this is an inspiring look at their fight for the vote. Stunningly emotional black-and-white photos accompany the text.
"Partridge (This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie) tells the unsettling but uplifting story of the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, using the voices of men and women who participated as children and teenagers. Their stories unfold over 10 chapters that detail voter discrimination and the subsequent meetings and protests that culminated in the famous march. Quotations from Joanne Blackmon Bland (first jailed at age 10), Charles Mauldin (a high school student) and other youths arrested and attacked make for a captivating, personal account. The chronological format builds suspense, while the narrative places readers at church meetings, in jail cells and at the march itself. Italicized lyrics to 'freedom songs' are woven throughout, emphasizing the power drawn from music, particularly in the wake of the violence of Bloody Sunday ('They were willing to go out again and face state troopers and mounted posses with whips and tear gas and clubs. The music made them bigger than their defeat, bigger than their fear'). Powerful duotone photographs, which range from disturbing to triumphal, showcase the determination of these civil rights pioneers. Ages 10 up. Though many children's books about Barack Obama, his family (and their new pet) arrived earlier this year, a few are on deck for fall." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Gripping profiles of young people who made a difference.” Booklist
, starred review
“A perfect balance of energetic prose and well-selected, breathtaking photographs.” Kirkus, starred review
“An excellent addition to any library.” School Library Journal, starred review
“A dramatic and a memorable statement.” VOYA, starred review
“A captivating, personal account.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A sharply focused historical narrative for a younger audience.” Horn Book, starred review
An award-winning author leads readers straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in 1965. Photos.
About the Author
Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist and the author of several nonfiction books for children, including the Printz Honor-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in Berkeley, California.