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National Book Awards Winner
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN: 9780312661052160 Pages, Ages 13-17
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"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin
On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself 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 struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
Claudette Colvin is the National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, a Newbery Honor Book, A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist, and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.
TN YA Volunteer State Book Award ML, National Book Awards Winner, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth, Newbery Honor Book, OR Battle of the Books Master List, Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book, Robert F. Sibert Award - Honor, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), YALSA-College Bound /Lifelong Learners, New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award Master List, New Jersey Garden State Teen Book A ML, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Teens, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners
Jim Crow and the Detested Number Ten
I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.—Langston Hughes
Claudette Colvin: I was about four years old the first time I ever saw what happened...
National Book Award Winner: Claudette Colvin
Author Phillip Hoose talks about his experience researching and writing the true account of Claudette Colvin's heroic journey during the Civil Rights Movement in our country.Share This