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As the fiftieth anniversary approaches, there's a renewed interest in this infamous 1955 murder case, which made a lasting mark on American culture, as well as the future Civil Rights Movement. Chris Crowe's IRA Award-winning novel and his gripping, photo-illustrated nonfiction work are currently the only books on the teenager's murder written for young adults.

ebook, 240 pages
Published May 27th 2002 by Penguin Group US
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Mississippi Library Commission
Mississippi Trial, 1955 is a strong introduction for middle schoolers to the civil rights era in Mississippi. Although the book's centers around a young white protagonist, the tragic story of Emmett Till is told in a way that pre-teens can grasp. Chris Crowe has a pretty way with words, too. One of our favorite quotes from the book was,

"Maybe God put different kinds of people on earth so we could all learn to get along."

Highly recommended, especially with a group discussion.
Natalie Elizarraras
Mississippi Trail, 1955 is a very powerful book because one of the main characters is racist. This book is a perfect example of how people were in the south during this time period. Emmett Till, an African American teenager got murdered for whistling at white woman. This novel is based on the true story of Emmett Till. I thought R.C. helped kill Emmett when he showed up with a bloody shirt but that was not true. When they were little, it was so cute when Hiram was kind of flirting with Naomi! I ...more
Christopher Campbell
Mississippi Trial, 1955

As a young boy Hiram Hillburn's whole world was spending time with his grandpa and enjoying the comforts of living in Greenwood, Mississippi. He never noticed any wrong in his world. But the pleasant world inside a child's mind doesn't quite reflect the unpleasant truth of reality. Hiram's father knows that truth all too well and takes Hiram away from it. After seven years away from Greenwood, sixteen year old Hiram returns to find that his childhood memory didn't include
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Kristina
Dec 31, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Ok, so I personally read this book in about three english classes. I found it an easy read. In my school district when you're in eight grade you have to read this along with many others. If it wasn't for my English teacher telling us we had to read it I would have never picked this book up on my own. Over all I have to say to I liked this book.

This book is the story if Hiram Hillburn's life as a child and young adult the Missippi. The struggle for knowledge and the closeness of his grandfather
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Ethan Urban
Mar 21, 2016 Ethan Urban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Review for: Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe

Short Summary of Book:
At first Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer, and Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to "know their place." When Emmett's tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing.

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Carol Baldwin
The first novel I chose to study scene making was the award winning book, Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe. I anticipated learning more about Jim Crow. I gained that, and much more.


Crowe's debut novel (Penguin Putnam, 2002) is based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Crowe created a believable white protagonist, Hiram Hillburn, whose life is irrevocably changed following Emmett's kidnapping and murder.

As a young child, Hiram spent several years in Greenwood, Mi
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Aly
Mar 21, 2014 Aly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Mississippi Trial, 1955 is an amazing book by Chris Crowe. This book is based on a tragic murder that helped to start the Civil Rights movement. All the characters in this book were from different backgrounds and had very different outlooks. One character sees living in the Delta as an amazing place, while others see it as a terrible, dangerous place to live and grow up. The characters also have different personalities and how they think about things. The main character Hiram Hilbrum se ...more
Chris Schat
Childhood in the south has never been better for a young boy named Hirim. Having spent a considerable amount of time being raised by his grandparents, (while his dad was first away for war, then second away for school) Hirim enjoyed the luxury of home cooked meals, fishing and spending time in the fields drinking lemonade with his grandfather. All of that changed though when his dad moved him to Arizona for reasons that Hirim at the time was “too young to understand.” Now seven years later Hirim ...more
Jami
This book was based on the brutal torture and murder of Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago visiting family in Mississippi during the summer of 1955. The infamous trial, in which the two men who only months later admitted to murder in a magazine interview, found both men innocent of the crime. These events played a crucial part in setting off the Civil Rights Movement in the following years.

So was this an important event and one worthy of retelling from the standpoint of a fictional chara
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Sarah
Jun 02, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been meaning to read this book for a long time, and I finally got to it.

One thing I really liked about the book is how certain parts made me squirm, specifically with RC, one of the supporting characters. Reading about he fish and his interaction with Emmett made me feel like j was standing there on the bank with Hiram, watching RC and feeling awkward and awful and twisted inside.

I loved that Hiram's conscience couldn't sit and watch once he realized that not doing anything was the same as
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Pamela
Feb 05, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read for me. I loved the book when I first read it and I still find it fascinating historical fiction. Chris Crowe did an excellent job of taking us back to a monumental historical moment--an event of which no one should be proud.
It was heartbreaking, frustrating, emotional and very powerfully written! I enjoyed it!
Savannah Sponcler
What a book! This book was so interesting to me because of the time period that it was in the setting. The beginning of the book starts out in 1948 in the South, where Hiram Hillburn is being raised by his grandparents. When his Grandmother dies, Hiram's parents take him back to Arizona where they keep him for the next 7 years. Next, the time jumps forward to the summer of 1955, the first time Hiram's parents allow him to come back to Mississippi and see his grandfather. Times sure have changed! ...more
Carley
Mar 21, 2011 Carley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mississippi Trial, 1955
By Chris Crowe
Review by Carley Johnson

Mississippi Trial, 1955 tells the true story of a fourteen year old black boy named Emmett Till. Emmett was visiting family in Mississippi during the summer of 1955. He allegedly whistled at a married white woman. The woman’s husband kidnapped and killed Emmett the following night. Roy Bryant, the woman’s husband, and his friend, J.W. Milam, went to trial for the crime. Hiram Hillburn is the main character in this historical fiction n
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Abi Turner
Sep 03, 2013 Abi Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mississippi Trial, 1955 is a great work of historical fiction by Chris Crowe referencing the death of Emmett Till. It is written from the viewpoint of Hiram Hillburn, the 3rd Hillburn generation, living in Mississippi delta. This book delves into the charm that the South posses yet is completely honest about segregation and the community’s nonchalant attitude towards it. Crowe does a great job of showing different opinions towards the trail and life in 1955 Mississippi. He illustrates gentleman ...more
Brooke Mcveigh
Aug 28, 2013 Brooke Mcveigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mississippi Trial, 1955

Hiram Hillburn grew up adoring a small town called Greenwood,Mississippi. Everything was once comfortable and safe for Hiram in Mississippi. He knew the people, had several friends, and most importantly he had his grandfather. When Hiram's parents make him leave Mississippi to live with them in Chicago he is in outrage for their reasoning. By the time Hiram is 16 he has the chance to go visit the small town he once loved. He soon finds out that maybe his parents were right
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Ricky
Oct 01, 2010 Ricky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book beacuse it just looked intusting to me.There is a sixteen year old named hiram that was grown up in greenwod, mississippi since he was a small child. he use to live there with his grandfather befor his own dad took him back to Arizona. When he cames back th Mississipp, things arent the same anymore. later on Emmett is meet's this 14 year old African American. Hiram is worried bacause Emmett is goin missing now. Later on, Hiram finds Emmetts body in the river. They found out who ...more
Jen
Aug 16, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have-read
This book made me angry, I resented more than ever the way things used to be. I am grateful though that at least in main parts these things are not allowed anymore. I was told once racism would always exist but for a generation that truly believed it was a right for them to kill a 14 year old. It will make me wonder where beliefs such as that even started.An excellent read! If anyone knows any books with this older south feel to the writing. Let me know.
Joi
Jul 04, 2015 Joi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what to say about this book. It was......hard to read. Hiram Hillburn was visiting his grandfather in Greenwood, Mississippi. He thinks his friend is involved in the murder of an African American boy named Emmett Till....this book goes on to tell about the trial and who was really involved. This is a fictional account of a true murder.
Misael Aguilar
May 20, 2016 Misael Aguilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most intense book i ever read it starts okay, You would say boring but ones you keep reading it will start getting really good . Its about the murder trial in 1955 in mississippi about a kid that got murder for being a diffrent. The end of this book will suprise you so i say you read this book.
Ellie
May 13, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting and intense at times this book really opens my eyes to how brutal segregation was and makes me thankful for Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks and all the other amazing colored skinned people who helped end segregation even though I am white.
Jessalyn Gray
Apr 13, 2016 Jessalyn Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to explain why I gave this book 5 stars. I gave it 5 stars because it is a incredibly written book.
Nick Honor
Dec 09, 2015 Nick Honor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe. Overall this book was very eye opening leading to the Civil Rights movement. As Hiram was visiting Mississippi over the summer to spend time with his grandfather, he met a friend by the name of Emmet Till. Being African American Emmet was being mistreated by Hiram's friend, after they get into an argument, Hiram notices that Emmet has gone missing for several days. This story explains how hate is much more stronger than love. Racism ...more
Chase
Feb 18, 2015 Chase rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sable
Jan 30, 2015 Sable rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mississippi Trial, 1955; this book will really make you think how different racism and how things are treated in the supreme court systems. There is one main character or you could say two there is a young boy by the name of Hiram which grew up in this small town of Greenwood, Mississippi with his grandparents while his parents were off finishing degrees and what not, not too far away from the small town. Hiram's parents decided to move up to Tempe, Arizona after they got all their schooling don ...more
Tiffany
This was a great book. I had trouble finishing it because I knew the end result. With every page that turned, my heart broke a little more.

Mississippi Trial, 1955 tells of the brutal, ruthless murder of Emmett Till. This story is told through the eyes of Hiram Hillburn, a fictional character, whose grandfather is one of the most racist men in town. Emmett's father moved Emmett from Mississippi to escape the racism that was dwelling there. At the time, Emmett hated his father for taking him away;
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Jimmie Natee
May 21, 2015 Jimmie Natee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mississippi trial 1955 by Chris Crowe is a historical novel and is set around the murder of Emmett Till. The story is told through the eyes of a boy named Hiram Hillburn who has come back to Mississippi from Arizona. Hiram and Emmett Till ended up crossing paths and a couple of days later an old friend of Hiram’s R.C told Hiram about the situation that had happen will Emmitt and the white woman
What I liked about this book is it provide me with some new information because some of the things tha
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Rees
Nov 26, 2014 Rees rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In This book the main idea is that this boy named Hiram lives with his grandparents for a while and while he does he meets someone that kills another one of his friends. Hiram lived with his grandparents when he was younger so his parents could work and get on track of everything so he lives there for a couple of years. Then he moves back with his parent after a couple of years. After a while with his parents he goes back to his grandparents to visit. When he goes back there he meets two kids an ...more
Sirpa Grierson
Aug 29, 2009 Sirpa Grierson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
One of my favorite YA books ever, especially as a companion to Chris's other book, "Getting Away With Murder," the nonfiction version of the Emmett Till story. It is insightful, and so thoughtfully written. Won all the big awards the year it was published, and no wonder. A must read for teachers.
Paula Stock
Jun 22, 2016 Paula Stock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
I picked up this book when looking for Civil Rights stories for my classroom. The story itself is fiction, but is based on true events that happened in 1955, when Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, visits relatives in Mississippi, a hot spot for racism at that time. I could not put this book down, and when I did some research afterward, I found it to be almost 100% on target. I think this book is excellent for middle school readers who want/need to learn about that era. Sadly, it is re ...more
Marshall Murray
Mississippi Trial, 1955 written by Chris Crowe is about a sixteen year old Hiram Hillburn who is visiting his grandpa in Greenwood, Mississippi where he once lived before. Hiram meets Emmett Till, a fourteen year old from Chicago. After being in Greenwood for a couple of days he starts to realize how white men treat blacks if they act or say something wrong. Two days later, Hiram finds out that Emmett's body is found dead in the river and he has suspicion about who has killed the black teenager. ...more
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“Some aweful things happened to a Negro kid named Emmett Till, and I was right in the middle of it,smack in the heart of crazy, senseless hatred.” 4 likes
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