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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
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A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor BookKirkus Best Books of 2015Booklist Editors' Choice 2015BCCB Blue Ribbon...
A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor BookKirkus Best Books of 2015Booklist Editors' Choice 2015BCCB Blue Ribbon...
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  • A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes

    A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book
    Kirkus 
    Best Books of 2015

    Booklist Editors' Choice 2015
    BCCB Blue Ribbon 2015

    As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

    Straightforward and inspiring, this beautifully illustrated memoir brings readers into the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, complementing Common Core classroom learning and bringing history alive for young readers.
 

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  • Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person to take part in the whole Selma to Montgomery March, now works as a case manager at a mental health center, and still lives in Selma, Alabama.

    Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley have collaborated on several previous history and geography books for young people. Elspeth lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Susan lives in New York City.

    P J Loughran is an illustrator, creative director, and musician. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Damaras Obi who, with director Ally Sheedy, adapted this book for the stage, turns in a robust performance as the youngest child to participate in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Lynda Blackmon Lowery recounts her childhood in Selma where, after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak, she enthusiastically joined the fight for voting rights and was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday. One missed opportunity in an otherwise laudable production is the lack of an African-American Alabama accent, as Obi's voice is unmistakably tinged with New York City, thereby removing accuracy of place and culture. But, overall, Obi expertly voices a broad array of emotions, from excitement to terror to exhilaration, allowing listeners to fully grasp the turbulence of the Civil Rights era. S.G. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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