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Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her st...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jan 29, 2013 Rebecca added it
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Interesting look at the emerging Civil Rights movement from one of its primary actors. I had to do a little checking on Wikipedia since some of the names and places were unfamiliar to me. But I enjoyed hearing Rosa Parks' version of the story. Her narrative style is simple, given her limited educational opportunities. She comes across as a woman humbled and grateful to have played a part in history but at the same time, content to give credit to others and stay out of the spotlight except when i...more
Hayley Jessica
I now admire Rosa Parks even more, and have a much deeper respect for her. She was courageous and a very strong (also proud) inspirational women. You must read to understand her bravery. Please the movie si no where close to demonstrate what she had gone through.
Read this while I was doing research for my short story, "Conan Vs. Rosa Parks." Went to the Henry Ford Museum the following week and actually sat on the Cleveland Ave. bus in the same seat she sat in.
It's pretty good.I had to read it for school.At first, I thought it was going to be super boring but it was accually pretty good.
Cherise Mattson
i learned that in this book rosa parks did not only stick up for her rights and beliefs, but for her people to.
Molly Gray
I read this in like 5th grade and absolutely loved it. Opened me eyes to racism and the ability to rise against.
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks.Main people are Rosa Parks, Marten Luther King JR the event was in Alabama 1950's. In this book the conflict was that immergration and it happened on the bus and a white man came on and she didn't give up her seat to the man and the driver call the police and the police sent her to jail for not giving up her seat. In this is a self Biogrphy This woman is my hero she was so brave not to give up her seat to a white person and she know that she would get in troubl...more
Feb 24, 2009 Mz.Adorable84 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mz.Adorable84 by: myself
This book is like totally amazing and I would not mind reading it over and over again.The main CHARACTER of this book is Rosa Parks McCauley.After all she wrote the book. The setting is mostly in Alabama around the late 1950's, but the most important thing that changed the way we live today is the Bus Boycott that happened in Montgomery, Alabama 1955. What had happened was that she was forced to move and give her seat to white man and she refused to do that because she was tired of giving up fo...more
This book was an autobiography on American Hero, Rosa Parks(208 pages). I enjoyed reading this book so much because it it taught me and showed me how bad racist people could be back in the day. If one "colored" person would try to say anything to another "white" person they could get themselves hung or in jail. Rosa Parks learned to live through many hard times. This book will teach anyone who reads it to be thankful for what they have to this day and how poeple should threat others fair. Now ma...more
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I had always seen Rosa Parks as somewhat of an unwilling catalyst in the civil rights movement, but I got a completely new perspective from this memoir, which covers Parks's childhood through her old age. Involved in the Movement from its early days, 42-year-old Parks was the secretary for the Alabama NAACP at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus. She knew what the consequences might be, and she was happy to play a role. Articulate, well-groo...more
Mary Arkless
The book reads as if Rosa Parks is sitting there, talking to you. I found it very straight forward and enjoyable, a bit like listening to your grandparent tell you about his or her life.

I knew that society in general and the South in the extreme had been very ugly towards people of color. This book tells it like it was, just how horrible it had been. Some of the things Mrs. Parks had witnessed and fought against were shocking.

I am very glad this is, for the most part, history, that things have i...more
Isabelle G
December 14th 2011 Response:
So far in this book even though I havn't read a lot of it i've taken a lot of notes, and since this book is partly by Rosa Parks, it has a lot of information, and I can understand how Rosa Parks, herelf felt as a child with all of the segregation laws and rules. Also, Rosa Parks is a very brave women, and always has been, because she spoke up for herself on the bus that very famous day in early December 1955.

January 4th 2012 Response:
I really like this book, and I'm l...more
Maxzine Rossler
Rosa Parks My Story was about Rosa Parks and her upbringing since she was a child. She did not have the steady lifestyle that most children had growing up. She grew up with her mother, and moved around a lot. Her mother raised her telling her that she was just as good as anybody else. This was including towards white people as well. This advice from her mother helped her all through her life. At school she refused to let any of the white kids pick on her. Rosa ended up going to a couple differen...more
Marshall Coluzzi
Rosa Parks: My Story Book Review
By: Marshall Coluzzi
“HEY GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF THAT WATER FOUNTAIN! THAT’S FOR WHITES ONLY!” How’s that for getting treated with respect? Rosa Parks: My story is a phenomenal book to read if you want to learn about how black history and how they got treated and what they went through back then.
Rosa Parks: My Story is a book mainly about black history and how blacks were treated and tried to have the same rights as whites. In the book there were many parts that...more
Mary Harris
Citation: Rosa Parks: My Story, by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins. (Puffin, 1999).188p. Biography.

Genre: Junior Book - Biography

Summary: The story delves into the story of the Rosa Park’s bus boycott and chronicles her life. She gives a succinct account of her life growing up, leading up to the boycott, and after the boycott.
A. The greatest aspect of this story is that it is told through the eyes of Rosa Parks herself. She provides wonderful details and rich descriptions throughout her biography.
Kate Babbitt
This book is written by Rosa Parks, telling her story about her bus boycott during the civil rights movement. This is an excellent use in the classroom as it is her own story and perspective of what happened, giving a better visual for the students. Although autobiography, it is a great informational text as it gives the background as well to the history students are learning in the classroom. It would be a good ending of the discussion, giving the background first and then going into her story....more
Megan Korngold
This book is an autobiography by Rose Parks written on (about) a fifth grade reading level. Many students will have heard about Rosa Parks and remember her story: she was the African American woman who would not give up her seat on the bus. Although this account of Parks is factual and essential to understand society and Parks during this time, there is also a lot more that Parks faced on a daily, weekly, yearly basis.

The details and experiences Parks includes in this book allows students to ha...more
Feb 17, 2014 Dorine marked it as to-read
Bragging rights: I have a first edition, first printing hard copy of this book. It was signed and dated by Rosa Parks. The seller also included an original newspaper clipping about the iconic bus ride. It's Black History/African-American Month. It's time to read this book... Rosa Parks  My Story by Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks: My Story Non-Fiction/Historical/Race/Civil-Rights

Rosa Parks tells her own story about her upbringing, the discrimination she faced all her life, and that fateful day: December 1, 1955 - the day she refused to give up her seat on the bus. From a very early age, Rosa was acutely aware of the dangers of being a Black woman in the south. Her grandfather stayed awake at night with a shotgun, for fear the Ku Klux Klan would storm into their home. Rosa eventually married a man who was a gre...more
Sandelyn Sadler
I read this book for my biography paper in class. Rosa Parks was a inspirational woman and person. When the Civil Rights Movement went to outrage ever since she did not get out in the front seat. People thought she was crazy for doing that, but she really wasn't. Rosa was just standing up for herself for once in her lifetime. She was tired of being treated like an animal everyday, just by the way she looks. Just because she looks different from everybody else, doesn't mean she should be treated...more
Alicia Alvarado
I enjoyed this book greatly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in civil rights or the time period of the 1960s. This made me really understand how hard it was for people who weren't accepted growing up. her story has really inspired me on a whole new level. Seriously, a great book, I suggest reading for yourself.
Rosa Parks my story describes how Rosa took one big step on a Montgomery bus. She refused to give up her seat to a white man. The consequense changed her life and the life of others forever.This is a well written, deteiled and interesting book. It is filled with information but still alive with interest. I think everything was very fluent but it might not appeal to all young readers. It would most likely be useful for teenagers with reports. teenagers would probably grasp the information better...more
This was not a favorite book. To me, there wasn't enough detail about things that mattered. She didn't express many of her feelings in the book, however, she told us in depth about a chair she used that her granddad made. The story was interesting though, how she pushed through so many trials.
This was a very interesting read. I had much more than I expected, originally I thought I would get a like bit of back story prior to the event on the bus. However, I unexpectedly got an overview of Rosa's life and what an interesting one it was. This was a very easy read, and enjoyable.
After reading this I find myself somewhat saddened, that Rosa never had a proper introduction and discuss with Malcolm X. That would have been a very interesting gathering. After reading this you'll realise ther...more
Audrey Rozman
I admire Rosa Parks a lot and this provides good insight into civil rights. This book clearly identifies and speaks out against racism. It provides the message that all can take action, even younger readers.
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heather van de  mark
It's a pretty straight forward account of Rosa Parks' life from Mrs. Parks herself. There's not too much reflection or examination--just enough to make it worth reading. Not sure who would benefit the most from this story--it's probably too "dull" for teens, too simple for scholars and too straight-forward for activists. Nevertheless, I'm glad I read it, it's good to know some of the truth (she didn't stay seating because she was tired) surrounding this reserved and symbolic woman. I'm still loo...more
This book is nonfiction but it was very entertaining. With Rosa Parks point of view you get an inside look to all the things most white people don't even know she did after she refused to give up her seat. I had to read this book for school and even though some parts were boring to me, i kind of enjoyed the messages in the inspiring story of Rosa Park's life.
Jordan Starr
This is the true story of Rosa Parks' life told directly from her perspective. I enjoyed this book a lot because it focused on much more than just her courageous act on the bus, but her life long before and after that event. She talked about how her life growing up, her decision to be nonviolent, her work in other organizations such as the NAACP, and what happened even after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I would definitely use this book with students because I like how it provides a personal accou...more
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action was not the first of its kind: Irene Morgan, in 1946, and S...more
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