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Mississippi Trial, 1955

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Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel

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 E
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 24th 2003 by Speak (first published May 27th 2002)
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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
Nov 09, 2014 Natalie Elizarraras rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2013 Christopher Campbell rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it
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
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
Ethan :)
Feb 23, 2016 Ethan :) rated it it was amazing
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.

So, th
Jun 16, 2012 Jami rated it it was ok
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
Chris Schat
Aug 28, 2013 Chris Schat rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2014 Aly rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2016 Pablo rated it really liked it
This book is a great for any reader as it is an interesting story. This book showed the tension between races in the past. This made the story feel very real. The book is a historical fiction novel that is set in the past, the book perfectly sets up the setting for a small southern american town during that time period. The story is interesting as you can see how a young white boy isn't like his ancestors he is a just man who wants to help. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an in ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
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!
Anika B
May 17, 2017 Anika B rated it really liked it
I actually really liked this book. It was interesting, and I thought it was cool to learn about this case, even though it happened so long ago. I thought most of this was going to be non-fiction, and because I really don't like non-fiction, I expected it to be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised with the characters that it introduced to this story. Though some of the characters were actual people, there were many that weren't. All in all, this was a highly interesting story. I would recommend ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Carley rated it did not like it
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
Savannah Sponcler
Jan 14, 2016 Savannah Sponcler rated it it was amazing
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
Brooke Mcveigh
Aug 28, 2013 Brooke Mcveigh rated it really liked it
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
Abi Turner
Sep 03, 2013 Abi Turner rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 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
Jun 02, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Jared Bird
Aug 04, 2016 Jared Bird rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as a piece of historical fiction, given that it breathes life into a small event that later had larger consequences. It opens up the eyes of the reader to the hypocrisy of the racism that existed in the South during this time period in a way that helps you to understand why things like the Civil Rights Movement took so long to have any effect. The book does a good job of showing the stubbornness and deep-seated racism of the characters involved. While not hugely entertaining, ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Overall it was an interesting read. I thought the grandpa's character could have been better developed by showing more of what he did for a living and how he treated his workers, because I didn't really care for him by the end of the book, but I didn't hate him either.
Reading about the events of the trial was probably the best part, because it was true history and that made it more interesting. This would be a great book for middle schoolers to learn more about racist feelings in the South not
Aug 16, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
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.
Misael Aguilar
May 20, 2016 Misael Aguilar rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 02, 2015 Joi rated it really liked it
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.
May 13, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing
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.
Sirpa Grierson
Feb 13, 2009 Sirpa Grierson rated it really liked it
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.
Jeff Mere
Dec 12, 2016 Jeff Mere rated it it was amazing
Nice twist going from the perspective of a fictional white character close to the death of Emmett Till. Highly recommend and thinking about how to get a classroom set for my students next year.
Chelsea Courtois
Jan 02, 2015 Chelsea Courtois rated it it was amazing
Read this for my teaching internship. Great historical fiction novel to pair with To Kill a Mockingbird.
Julia Call
May 18, 2017 Julia Call rated it really liked it
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May 22, 2017 Aspen L rated it it was amazing
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May 18, 2017 Katrina rated it liked it
This book was good, but also really sad. It is based on a true story witch makes the story even sadder. The details were good, I am honestly thinking everyone was hoping that Naomi and Hyrum would become a "thing". They never did though. Sadly, but other than the sadness, it was good. It made me cry witch not many books do. And I LOVE mysteries, Just trying to figure out who the last person was. like OMGOSH!!! I thought it was R.C but it turns out it was the freaking (SPOILER ALERT) GRANDPA!!!! ...more
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