Children & Teens Books of the Week

March: Book Three Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

New In Paperback

March Book Three (Top Shelf, $19.99) is the final installment in the epic graphic novel trilogy about Congressman John Lewis’s early life and years as one of the most prominent figures in the civil rights movement -- follows Lewis as he leads the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the struggle to gain complete and unfettered voting rights for African-Americans in the South, starting with the Freedom Vote initiatives in Alabama in 1963, continuing with the fight for the recognition of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964, and culminating in the historic 1965 marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Lewis and Andrew Aydin continue their gripping narrative which serves as an honest and concise history of the movement, yet reads with all the drama and emotional weight of fiction. Nate Powell’s artwork deftly conveys a sense of hope and triumph amidst the gravitas and sheer brutality of the period. The book serves as a powerful, moving, and inspirational finale to a groundbreaking literary work. Ages 15 and up. Marc Villa

DK Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756603427
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - August 23rd, 2004

Blast from the Past

Martin Luther King, Jr. (DK Publishing, $6.99) grew up in the Jim Crow South with its WHITE and COLORED signs on drinking fountains, restrooms and buses and its segregated swimming pools, movie theaters and hotels. As a boy, King recognized that separate was not equal, and he was determined to make a difference. After receiving his doctorate from Boston University, King returned to the South where he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance and Jesus’ message of “love your neighbor,” King worked with enormous energy and compassion to organize, resist, and effect change.  He became one of the greatest civil rights leaders this country has known. Amy Pastan examines King’s life and legacy in this accessible DK biography that includes photographs, definition boxes, sidebars and a timeline of events. Ages 10-14. Heidi Powell

All American Boys Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481463331
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 29th, 2015

YA Pick

Rashad and Quinn are high school classmates whose lives are changed when Quinn's white police-officer guardian suspects Rashad, who is black, of shoplifting from the neighborhood bodega and beats him to a pulp.  The incident raises public outcry and debate over whether the attack was racially motivated.  Quinn cannot reconcile the man he knows with the violence he witnesses firsthand—but after Rashad begins missing school, both teens are forced to confront realities they never wanted to face. Coretta Scott King Honor book All American Boys (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99), co-written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is a compelling and topical novel for those seeking to understand how racial tensions arise, and how deep-rooted our personal biases may be.  Ages 15 and up. Janet Minichiello and Farah Kader