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Claudette Colvin by Phillip M. Hoose
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Dec 04, 09

bookshelves: young-adult-non-fiction
Read in December, 2009

2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature.

Claudette Colvin's name should be synonymous with Rosa Parks. In fact, she beat her by nine months when in March 1955 she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white woman and was dragged off to jail. At the time she was only a teenager, motivated by an overwhelming sense of injustice. Instead of being celebrated, she was teased by her classmates and considered too feisty to be a role model for the black community. Her situation worsened when a few months later she became pregnant. Despite this treatment, she still agreed months later to testify in a federal lawsuit, Browder v. Gayle, which brought about the ultimate end of segregated busing (not the boycott).

Period photographs and newspapers, extensive interviews with the subject herself, and well sourced research provide new insight into this highly documented era. I particularly appreciate how young readers are given a more complicated approach to history, prompting them to question which stories are told and why.

Recommended for grade 6 & older.
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