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Because Claudette tells the story of the small acts of resistance that can lead to immense change. Fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin changed the course of history when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Claudette was inspired by several Black women and her decision on the bus ultimately led to Rosa Park's refusal to give up her seat on the bus nine months later, the organization of the Montgomery bus boycott by activists like Professor Jo Ann Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Supreme Court decision that Alabama's bus segregation was unconstitutional—a major triumph for the civil rights movement. Because of Claudette's brave stand against injustice, history was transformed.
Due to publishing delays beyond our control, Because Claudette will be available for pickup and shipping on February 1.
Tracey Baptiste is the bestselling author of The Jumbies, Angel’s Grace, and Minecraft: The Crash. A former elementary school teacher, she's also written nine nonfiction books for kids in elementary through high school.
Tonya Engel illustrated My Hair Is Magic and Rise!, a picture book biography about Maya Angelou. She is an artist who has had studios in New York, Paris, Austin, and Houston. Her work is influenced by both folk artists of the Deep South and contemporary masters like Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall.
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Ages 6 to 8