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Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426309392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426309397
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2013 by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council!

Named Noteworthy Title for Children and Teens by Capitol Choices!

Named a Choice Book of 2013 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center!  

"This compelling informational text features well-chosen photographs coupled with intersecting summaries of King's various crusades for social justice and civil rights." - Pennsylvania Reads 

About the Author

Ann Bausum is an award-winning children's book author on the lookout for personal stories that connect readers with our nation's past and the echo of history in current events. Marching to the Mountaintop is Ann's ninth book for the National Geographic Society. With painstaking research, an eye for just the right illustration, and a compelling narrative, awardwinning author Ann Bausum makes history come alive for young people. Previous books for National Geographic include Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories From the Dark Side of American ImmigrationMuckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Upton Sinclair Exposed Corruption, Inspired Reform, and Helped Found Investigative Journalism; Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote, winner of the Jane Addams Award. Ann lives in Beloit, Wisconsin. To find out more about her writing, visit her on the Web at www.AnnBausum.com

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Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history from her home in Wisconsin, and speaks across the country about her work as an author. In 2014 the National Geographic Society published her first book for adults simultaneously with her tenth work for younger readers. Both books--Sergeant Stubby and Stubby the War Dog--celebrate the almost-forgotten story of a stray dog smuggled to Europe during World War I who returned to the United States after serving in the trenches and became a national celebrity.

These books are the latest works from a career of writing about under-told stories from the past. Her works for young readers have earned consistent recognition from librarians, peers, and reviewers. Marching to the Mountaintop (2012) won the Carter G. Woodson Award (middle grade level) from the National Council for the Social Studies and was a Jane Addams Children's Book Honor title. Other recent works include Unraveling Freedom (2010), another book that captures forgotten history from World War I, and Denied, Detained, Deported (2009) which also received the Carter G. Woodson Award (secondary level).

Muckrakers (2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers. These and other titles appear on numerous lists of recommended and notable books.

Bausum's other books chronicle the nation's chief executives and their spouses--Our Country's Presidents (2013, 4th edition) and Our Country's First Ladies (2007)--as well as the exploits of intrepid explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, 2000). Find out more about the author, her writing, and her author appearance programs at: www.Ann.Bausum.com. Follow her on Facebook.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bedtime reader on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book looks at King with so much more depth than most children's books, focusing on the painful foreshadowing of his final days and his deeply significant efforts on behalf of Memphis's sanitation workers and all of America's poor. Inspirational, thought-provoking, and page-turning.
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Ann Bausum has once again given kids (and adults) an indepth, moving, emotionally charged look at history. Bausum looks at the events that preceded Martin Luther King Jr's assasination with her keen eye for detail. Bausum not only sheds light on the sanitation workers' strike (and the grevious work conditions that lead up to it) - but to MLK's final hours. This book should be on every middle school social studies/history/reading bookshelf. Not only is the writing exceptional - but the design of the book will attract even the most hesitant of readers.
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