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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 Books (first published January 1st 1948)
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Lily Newman she lived in Pine Level, Alabama when she was young. But then she lived in Montgomery, Alabama for a while. Then she went to Detroit to avoid…moreshe lived in Pine Level, Alabama when she was young. But then she lived in Montgomery, Alabama for a while. Then she went to Detroit to avoid harassment and threats.(less)
Minne Mouse Yes it would, I did it in 4th grade and it seemed like a third grade book to me

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Rebecca McNutt
Rosa Parks is perhaps one of the most inspirational women of the United States, taking a stand (or should I say seat) and refusing to submit to the attitude of the times. Her story is one that everyone should read, and it goes to show that it only takes one person to fuel great changes against prejudice and injustice within society.
Emilie Emzbooksandco
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
"Every one living together in peace and harmony and love... that's the goal that we seek, and I think that the more people there are who reach that state of mind, the better we will all be"
Jan 25, 2013 added it
Shelves: historical
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
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Cherise Mattson
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
i learned that in this book rosa parks did not only stick up for her rights and beliefs, but for her people to.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Book review #5
Book :Rosa Parks My Story
Author: Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
The book Rosa Parks My story was very inspirational, and well written. Rosa parks had a great way of saying what she wanted to say in a different way. She explained her emotions about everything so well that at times I felt the same emotions as her.
The point of view in this biography was Rosa Parks obviously its her book. She has a very complex way of telling her experiences for example. “ I’m in jail. See if Parks will
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rosa Parks is a strong women who fights for what she believes in. I loved reading this book because women who fight for themselves and are strong, powerful, and encouraging are very inspiring to me. Because Rosa Parks is such an inspirational person I think everyone should read this book. Overall i think if you're looking for a book about equal rights and equality and what people did to earn equality, this is the book for you. I also recommend this to people that like to learn about segregation.
Alicia Alvarado
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th-grade-books
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.
Hayley Jessica
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Molly Gray
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I read this in like 5th grade and absolutely loved it. Opened me eyes to racism and the ability to rise against.
Michelle G.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa. Thank you for telling us about your life in your own words. It sure cleared-up and complexified my understanding of your role in the Civil Rights Movememt and beyond.
 Imani ♥ ☮
Back in the fourth grade this was my favorite book. My copy of this book looks messed up now. That's how much I loved this book and how awesome it was.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Rosa Parks is powerful. This book gives the details of her life and defining moment, not only that, but her influence and involvement before and after her refusing to give up her seat on a segregated public bus. Rosa's life is traced from childhood to elderly, including the particulars of her mindset throughout her life during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Reading this book I was so impressed by her courage and determination. However, my heart, too, was heavy for the ills committ ...more
Amanda Witt
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a compact version, from a school library. It talks about Rosa's life in a first person point of view about her childhood and teen years, to both black and white people they knew in their town, and leads up to the defining moment where she refused to give up her seat on the bus on that day.
Leona  Carstairs
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Rosa Parks is such an inspirational woman. I just recalled reading her autobiography a while ago while I was studying her recently. Her story is amazing! She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger and helped spark a whole entire movement. Thank you so so so much Rosa Parks. More people should read this autobiography.
Jordan Parker
such a great read the book is awesome and tells the story from Rosa parks eyes.
Dewin Anguas Barnette
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Includes a lot of information as well as corrections to false information printed elsewhere. However, it has false information as well. I am confused as to why she says that she and Claudette Colvin’s mother were plaintiffs in the Browder case of 1956, when they were actually Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, Jeanette Reese, Claudette Colvin, and Mary Louise Smith. Also, I am baffled as to why people keep claiming that Claudette Colvin’s pregnancy was the reason her case was not follow ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lina Ryadi
English 6 (1)
Good Reads #3

Rosa Parks is an exciting novel written by herself. The story takes place in Montgomery, Alabama. Where the main character Rosa Parks lives with her husband, Raymond Parks. The story began when she rode a bus; the bus was also really full. So, she took a seat in the back because the black people sit in the back and the white people sit in the front. A problem arose when the bus was too crowded, so a white man came and the driver told Rosa to go way in the bac
Rosa Parks

The name, Rosa Parks, has become a type of symbol for freedom and equal rights. Rosa Parks was an African American free woman during the time of segregations between the colored people and the whites. Rosa Park had played active roles in reducing discrimination during her early days. However, she is remembered most for standing up to the white’s oppressive authority. Rosa had grown weary and tired of doing what the white man said, one day she refused to give her seat on the bus to a wh
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Rosa Parks: My story
By Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
192 pp. Ages 12 and up

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Everyone has heard the story of Rosa Parks. The women who wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus. But how did it feel for her? Rosa Parks: My Story tells you the full indepth story of the civil rights movement from someone who was a big part of it.

Written by Rosa Parks with help from Jim Haskins, this memoir starts out with a tale of equality, even before the civil rights
Jeffrey F
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

November, Rosa Parks : My Story, by Rosa Parks

In the auto-biography Rosa Parks : My Story it explores Parks adventures from her life to her bus boycott. First she lived with her mother and father in Tuskegee, Alabama, then her father went to work when she grew up, so she didn't see him until her wedding. Second she moved in to the rest of her fathers family in Abbeville. Later she married Raymond Parks and joined the NAACP as their secretary. After this, did she then do her famous act of not gi
Adrise Elem
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story I chose was My Story written by a famous activist named Rosa Parks. I had chose to read this book because my uncle told me to check it out because it was like relating to MLK and Malcom X. I also thought that it would be a great book for me to learn about what happened in the past.

This books is based on the 60s around were racism is still happening. All Rosa's life she grew up being mistreated or talked bout from white people. Back then blacks were not allowed to sit on certain places
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Bruno
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book has definitely spread my knowledge about Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. This autobiography is about Rosa Parks life from when she was born till she was an old woman. It tells tons of info on how she became apart of the civil rights movement and how she impacted our country. One of the most famous parts of this book is when Rosa Parks says “the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” That is a very strong quote and to mean it meant the basis of the civil rights movement. I ...more
Tamera Fleming
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-summaries
1) Book summary: This book is an autobiography written by Mrs. Rosa Parks herself. It tells her life story from growing up in the south in the early 1900s when racism and segeration was allowed. She talks about the event leading up to her arrest and how she had to adjust to life outside of th jail.

2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: 3-7th grade, ages 8-12, 0970

3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area): History

4) Individual students who might benefit from reading: Every child will benefit
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great, great nonfiction piece of literature about a crucial time in our history: the Civil Rights Movement. I really liked how Rosa Parks in portrayed in her story; she seems to be strong-willed yet humble person. The book does a great job taking the reader back in time to some of the hardships that African Americans endured during this time period. What is so amazing is how they united in Montgomery, Alabama to conduct the bus boycott which lasted over a year. I think that as humans ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rosa Parks describes her life from early childhood to her late eighties (1913-1992). It's a very personal account with lots of more or less relevant memories, presented in easy everyday language. I sometimes got the feeling she was sitting right in front of me casually telling her story with the most astounding details, such as what clothes she was wearing during whatever event. She skips through some of the earlier and later years, but explains almost daily events from the years of 1955 and '56 ...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
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“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, [...] the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” 2 likes
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