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Which Side Are You On?: The Story of a Song (Fireside Industries) Hardcover – November 2, 2021

4.8 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


" Which Side Are You On? is beautiful, lyrical, and important, subtly showing us the importance of music and -- even better -- how anyone can make a difference, no matter their circumstances, as long as they put their heart and soul into it. A treasure." -- Silas House, author of Eli the Good

"A high-stakes account of grace under pressure." -- Publishers Weekly

"Cardinale's digitally colored scratchboard art is dynamic. [... ] Given that many of the same [labor] conditions exist today, only changed by mechanization, the music and lyrics included may well find use in the current generation. Lyon has given today's readers a stirring story." -- Kirkus

"Lyon and Cardinale make a perfect match for this picture-book homage to a 1931 rallying cry born under duress in Harlan County, KY. [... ] Although this book describes a historical event, it can open a gateway to understanding terms such as 'collective bargaining, ' what that right has meant, and to consider what it means today." -- Shelf Awareness

"The story has real power and so do the best of the illustrations." -- Booklist

"The story is a good and important one, and it is well told for an elementary-school audience. [... ] Cardinale's folksy, woodcut-style paintings include several memorable images." -- The New York Times

"What a perfect time for this picture book's arrival. [... ] 'Which Side Are You On?' is an old song with new relevance for a generation facing a dubious future." -- New York Journal of Books

About the Author

George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than forty books, including Golden Kite Award winner Borrowed Children, Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Catalpa, Aesop Prize winner "Which Side Are You On?" The Story of a Song, and Bank Street Best Books selection and ALA notable All the Water in the World. Her most recent books are She Let Herself Go: Poems and the young adult novel Holding on to Zoe. Her poem "Where I'm From" is featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry and has become a model for teachers around the world. Connect with her online at www.georgeellalyon.com.

Christopher Cardinale is a graphic novelist and muralist.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 7 - 9
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1950564142
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1950564149
  • Reading level : 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher : Fireside Industries, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky (November 2, 2021)
  • Item Weight : 1.74 pounds
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 7 ratings