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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Library Binding: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub (January 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761339558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761339557
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,720,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Schwerner, or Mickey, as he was known, was a young Jewish man who had been inspired by his forebears and believed in "justice, righteousness, and equality for all people." He and his wife, Rita, had made the decision to head to the segregated South from New York to help black people in their quest for equality. He was only twenty-four-years old, but he was a man of his convictions and if Meridian, Mississippi was holding his fellow man down, that's where he was needed because there was work to be done. Black voters were shying away from registering and as a part of Freedom Summer he could help them so they would be able to "improve education for black children attending separate, but unequal schools". Some things just had to change.

Mickey quickly bonded with James Earl Chaney (J.E.), a native of Meridian and longtime member of the NAACP. He was only twenty-one, but he had already developed a passion to fight for the rights of his people. He was a tradesman alongside his father, but was quickly persuaded by his friend to be come a full-time employee of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). Mickey was the office director and the two of them would soon be working closely together. Later they were joined by Andrew Goodman, a young Jewish man who had "been in Mississippi for only a day." June 21, 1964 would prove to be a fateful one for the three young men. They were in the car traveling on Highway 16 driving away from Mount Zion, a church that lay in ashes, when a Neshoba County police car began to sound its siren, signaling for them to stop. Would Mickey ask J. E. to gun it? Would they stop to see what the cops wanted? Were they themselves a target for the racists of the segregated south?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dunham on March 19, 2010
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As a 5th grade teacher, I am constantly looking for books that are interesting for my students and teach them as well. Hot Pursuit is an OUTSTANDING book to teach the difficult subject of the Civil Rights Movement. The story completely captured my students' attention, and while it was very sad, the book created an excellent discussion about doing what is right even if the consequences are unknown. As a teacher I appreciate that Cohon and Deutch are willing to tackle these subjects for young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on January 13, 2011
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Hot Pursuit is the story of Civil Rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Earl Chaney and Andrew Goodman who were beaten and shot on June 21, 1964. The authors imagine the young men's conversation when they see a police car pursuing them. Juxtaposed with the imaginative story is a short biography and photograph of each man which explains why they are in Mississippi, the Ku Klux Klan, and how Southern Blacks were often kept from registering to vote. The book's final page tells of Edgar Ray Killen's conviction for the murders in 2005. The only reference to Jewish values is in Michael Schwerner's biography where one sentence states that Michael was inspired by Jewish leaders to fight oppression. The colorful illustrations and photographs complement and enhance the text which is well written in clear and simple language for younger readers. Hot Pursuit is recommended for school libraries, but its Jewish content is negligible. Grades 3 - 6.Ilka Gordon
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This book is a well written and well illustrated telling of the story of 3 young men, Civil Rights Workers, who, despite racial tension in the South, set out to register voters in Mississippi in the summer of 1964 and the consequences that ensue. I am always looking for books about American Jewish History to engage my 6th graders in our history. This book introduces them to a very difficult topic in a way that is honest but not too scary. One of my students asked why it took so long to bring the perpetrator of the murders to justice. The book provides an opening to conversations about doing the right thing, setting off to do right with no idea of where the consequences might land you.
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