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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Paperback – December 21, 2010
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During this process, Claudette engaged in a second courageous action that played a major role in the civil rights movement: she served as one of four plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit Browder v. Gayle that abolished segregated bus seating in Alabama. In Claudette Colvin, Phillip Hoose shines the spotlight on Claudette's motivation and anguish around two actions that hitherto remained fairly obscure in the historical record. Along the way, readers are given a jarring reminder of the heavy oppression, fear, and humiliation that African Americans experienced on a daily basis as a result of the country's institutionalized discrimination. This book provides a vivid demonstration of the power of organized resistance and the importance of social justice for all people.
This is an amazing story - I read it in one sitting, it was so engrossing - of Claudette Colvin and her courage to speak up against the injustices of segregation. It's a great nonfiction for young adults - clear, descriptive background information, and many first-person accounts from interviews with Claudette and others. Fantastic. I think it would be great for kids in 5th grade and up.
Claudette Colvin, a teen on her way home from school, was one of the first to stand up for her right NOT to stand up on the bus, even before the better-known Rosa Parks.
That said, it's a great book. The angle of a teen who was active within the Civil Rights movement is perhaps a more relevant take for teens.
It's highly readable and interesting, with pictures that add to the story.
I enjoyed Russsell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott book more, and it was actually where I first heard of Claudette Colvin's role in the bus boycotts.
Content: This book does not gloss over the very real, hard facts of prejudice and does contain some violence towards Claudette and others that a younger teen might find disturbing. The book also addresses rape and Claudette's teen pregnancy. For this reason, I would recommend it for teens, not tweens.
From the first pages, which are largely pictures illuminating life in the South in the era of Jim Crow laws, I was wowed. The book reads almost like a documentary; Hoose uses photos, text boxes, background, newspaper text and interviews to paint a vivid picture not only of Colvin's life, but these years in Montgomery, Alabama.
Who is Claudette Colvin? She was a high school girl who refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. She did it nine months before Rosa Parks, and she was arrested. Part of what I love about this book is the honesty, which is at times brutal. Rosa Parks is an American hero, and so many of us growing up being wowed by her bravery. This book takes us back to the way it really happened, which isn't as simple. It's not a nice little story, but it's real. As a librarian firmly in the "teach the truth" camp, I loved this book. Some teachers and parents may react adversely to it. She cooperated with Phillip Hoose, who interviewed her numerous times for this book.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is an important book. It's a book I found illuminating even as an adult reader.
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This is a great non-fiction book to use with high school English students according to my advanced methods prof. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Carliee
This engagingly written young adult biography sheds new light on the complexities of the Civil Rights Movement--the different kinds of actors, strategies, suffering, and courage.Published 24 days ago by Christine Du Bois-Buxbaum
This is a remarkable read, a lot of her comments in first person taken from court transcripts, photos contemporary to the times. Reading the book rivets you to the times.Published 6 months ago by Charles James
Book was purchased for my grandchildren and really enjoyed reading them.Published 8 months ago by Brenda S. Geist
This book is perfect for people who appreciate learning about the boycotting and life during segregation . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kevin S. Levy