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Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown V. Board of Education Decision

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When the Supreme Court decision to desegregate public schools was handed down in 1954, the course of American history was forever changed. Here are personal reflections, stories, and poems from ten of today's most accomplished writers for children, all young people themselves at the time of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Included are Michael Cart, Jean Craighead ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Jump At The Sun
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Sarah George
Nov 01, 2013 added it
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1. The genre of this book is Historical Non-fiction.
2. This true story is about the life of Linda Brown, the young girl who was involved in the Brown v. Board of Education Decision case. This book has a collection of works that describe this time period and stories of the affect that this decision had on people.
3. a. The organization and style of this book is very interesting. We are able to see personal stories, poems, and pieces of work describing segregation and the experiences people faced
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Julie Suzanne
The book begins with nonfiction background information about Brown Vs. BOE in Topeka, Kansas, but it's not written in such a way that would render it useful in the middle school classroom. The introduction was, in my opinion, a terrible read. However, I did not give up. The rest of the book is a collection of personal narratives, poems, and essays about school segregation & desegregation. So far, I've only read Jerry Spinelli's narrative (fiction or non, I'm not sure!) about a black friend h ...more
Judy
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of very personal essays, memoirs, and poems by ten of America's best children's authors. Some of the entries would be appropriate for children, and others are written for adults. Each of the authors experienced and wrote about the Supreme Court decision and the society that required the decision be made in his and her own way. My favorite entries are a heart-wrenching story by Newbery Award winner Jerry Spinelli about a black friend during his childhood and an equally sad memoir by ...more
Anne
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
As much as this book is important for helping students understand the implications of Brown vs The Board of Education, I just couldn't figure out who the target audience is. Each of the essays are written with children in mind but they are dissimilar in style. I think students would find one or two of the stories/essays that would speak to them without the help of a teacher or an adult.

On a positive note, reading the essays gave me some new thoughts about the down-side of Brown. interesting.
Mollie
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a compilation of short stories by various authors. I read aloud two selections from this book to my students for my graduate thesis. The stories were eye-opening and invoked critical responses from my students. I was thankful they had such strong reactions. This would be a great book to read aloud in a history class for both young and old students.
Kelly
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is interesting because it illustrates the many effects of the case of Brown v. The Board of Education. Specifically, it acknowledges that there were some drawbacks as well as benefits and that America still has work to do as far as desegregating schools.
Debrarian
Stories & essays by well-known authors reflecting on the times around that decision and since.
Theresa
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excited to share a few of the examples with my students. Just finished Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee, so excited to read them his piece.
Kevin
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
A collection of writings and reactions from children's authors. Perhaps most interesting was the discussion of the negative impacts of the desegregation ruling.
Audra
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Young adult authors reflecting on their lives in relation to Brown vs. Board of Ed.
Annette
This book contains a collection of stories, poems, and personal reflections written by famous authors based on the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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