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Marching for Freedom

More than forty years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.

Author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Focusing on the courageous children who faced terrifying violence in order to march alongside King, this is an inspiring look at their fight for the vote.

Viking Books for Young Readers, 2009


The New York Times Sunday Book Review:

Drawing on archival photographs and interviews with marchers who were as young as 10 at the time, Partridge swiftly sets the stage for the political war of nerves that culminated in the walk from Selma to Montgomery.

Partridge shows eloquently how a season of protest educated and transformed Selma’s children... Meanwhile, Partridge's stirring history poses another, more immediate question for the thoughtful reader: Where are today's Selmas and what might a young person do about them?

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★ “A sharply focused historical narrative for a younger audience.” Horn Book, starred review

★ “Gripping profiles of young people who made a difference.” Booklist, starred review

★ “A perfect balance of energetic prose and well-selected, breathtaking photographs.” Kirkus, starred review

★ “An excellent addition to any library.” School Library Journal, starred review

★ “A dramatic and a memorable statement.” VOYA, starred review

★ “A captivating, personal account.” Publishers Weekly, starred review







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