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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492322717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492322719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An engaging, evocative young adult novel about a preadolescent girl's involvement in the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Eleven year-old Bernice Givens has two major aspirations: to become a Freedom Fighter and to work as a journalist. Growing up within the rigid strictures of a segregated society (in an achingly poignant scene, the first word she learns to read is "colored" so that she will not accidentally offend), Bernice longs to be a part of the struggle for equality.

She avidly follows news of the civil rights movement and maintains a scrapbook of major events, believing that actual action is still years away for her. So when news breaks of the planned children's march, Bernice is thrilled by the opportunity despite her mother's apprehension and ultimate prohibition. Bernice goes anyway, never suspecting that her participation will have consequences that will change and haunt her, though she ultimately emerges stronger from the experience.

Debut author Gaile offers pacing that is slow enough to allow nuances to develop but swift enough to maintain reader interest. She has an ear for genuine-sounding dialogue and interactions, and is masterful at exploring emotional complexities at the appropriate developmental level; her descriptions of Bernice's parents and their ambivalence about their daughter's activism are particularly authentic and resonant.

Bernice herself is about as appealing a heroine as one could hope for, a believable blend of childish naïveté and sophisticated ideology. Most of the supporting characters are also convincingly portrayed, though a few are disappointingly one-dimensional, even considering their minor roles. The narrative is straightforward and focused solely on the main plot; this can feel a bit heavy-handed at times but is overall fitting for the length of the book.

There are few surprises for those readers with a basic familiarity of the civil rights movement, but this work is a suitable introduction for those without that familiarity. And, with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington just past, this book could not be more timely and relevant. A moving, triumphant novel encapsulating a young girl's personal struggle for equality within the larger movement.-- Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Corinne L. Gaile started out as a dancer, became an artist, and is now a writer of middle grade and young adult novels. Along the way, she taught sculpture at a university, curated art exhibitions, and lectured on art and culture in the African Diaspora. Corinne shares her home in Tampa, Florida, with a tortoiseshell cat named Brandie. She spends her free time traveling internationally and kayaking locally.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joseph weinzettle on September 21, 2013
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Corrine Gaile is a wonderful writer and a talented visual artist. She applies her skills to portray an African American family living through this crucial period in American history. Too often, the viewpoints of African Americans in the Civil Rights era have been overlooked in film and literature. Young Bernice Givens provides that viewpoint. Gaile provides the essential human context for readers to identify with the momentous events in FEARLESS FREEDOM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on September 14, 2013
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Fearless Freedom should be a mandatory book for grades 5th through high school. This is a insight of the true struggle of the civil rights movement in Birmingham Alabama, as seen through the eyes of an eleven year old activist. This story tells how one eleven year old girl can make a impact on the heart of the movement and some of the repercussions thereof. It tells the story of fear, fright, and disappointment. Seniors should read this book to refresh their memories and the price that was paid by the civil rights crusaders.
Within this story one will see the correlation between military conflict in Vietnam and the civil rights movement within this country, they both create deep and everlasting scars that can only be removed through open conversation and caring attitudes by friends and family.
I highly recommend reading Fearless Freedom and discussing it with friends and fellow students.
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By dawn whelan on September 24, 2013
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Fearless Freedom was a great read. It is a perfect book for young adults to read for school. It tells the experience of young people during the 50's in the south. Love it, keep it up Corinne.
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