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National Book Awards Finalist
Roaring Brook Press
Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781596439832208 Pages, Ages 10-14
An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.
On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.
This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.
This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
National Book Awards Finalist, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, IRA Teachers' Choices, ALA Notable Children's Books, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, School Library Best Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Iowa Teen Award Master List, National Book Awards - Longlist, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Boston Book Review - Winner, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
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