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Claudette Colvin Hardcover – Jan 20 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Kids; 1 edition (March 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374313229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374313227
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.6 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,074,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hoose's book, based in part on interviews with Colvin and people who knew her--finally gives her the credit she deserves."--"The New York Times Book Review" "History might have forgotten Claudette Colvin, or relegated her to footnote status, had writer Phillip Hoose not stumbled upon her name in the course of other research and tracked her down. . . .The photos of the era are riveting and Claudette's eloquent bravery is unforgettable."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin, a teenager who knew her constitutional rights and was willing to be arrested to prove it"--"The Washington Post," a Best Book of 2009 selection "Compelling."--"New York Daily News" "Hoose vividly recreates Colvin's bravery."--"The New York Post
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"Hoose makes the moments in Montgomery come alive, whether it's about Claudette's neighborhood, her attorneys, her pastor or all the different individuals in the civil rights movement who paths she crossed . . . . An engrossing rea --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. Claudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, It's Our World, Too!, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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I chose this book for the February Task of the 2012 Versatile Reading Challenge, which was to read a non-fiction book in recognition of Black/African History Month. It has won numerous literary awards, including: National Book Award for Young People's Literature (2009), Newbery Honor (2010), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2009), Cybils Award Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction (2009), Sibert Honor (2010), an ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2011), and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Nominee (2010).

I read this book aloud to my children. It deals with the racial segregation laws that were in place in the 1950s in Montgomery, Alabama specifically as they related to bus passengers. Back then, there was a "white" section of the bus and a "coloured" section. All riders entered through the front door and dropped their coins in the fare box. If there were white passengers already aboard, a black passenger had to leave the bus and re-enter through the rear door after paying the fare. The first four rows, each containing ten seats, were reserved for the white folks. Even if there were no white passengers aboard, the black passengers could not sit in those rows and were forced to stand if the rest of the bus was full! If the first four rows were full and a new white passenger boarded the bus, the driver would order the black passengers to relinquish their seat. Unbelievably, every black person in a row would have to give up his seat for one white passenger to sit in the row because whites and blacks could not sit in the same row!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3625fc0) out of 5 stars 81 reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31e8998) out of 5 stars Anger, Sadness and Pride Jan. 30 2009
By T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a native of Alabama (Selma) and a graduate of Alabama State University, I had heard about Claudette Colvin but the informational was skeletal at best. To actually read her account of events and know that an ordinary teenager did an extraordinary thing that sparked the movement led by Dr. King is something I will always cherish. Would love to have learned about her life after Montgomery (Claudette moved to New York where she lives today) and her views regarding discrimination in the north. Great book, great person, historical treasure.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31f1f48) out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children March 14 2009
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Nine months before Rosa Parks famously and courageously took a stand against the stranglehold of the Jim Crow laws, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin also refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded Montgomery city bus. Claudette's bold move added fuel to the outrage that African Americans felt toward the oppression, ignorance, and hatred associated with the country's segregation laws. However, local leaders of the African American community perceived Claudette's youth, personality, and class to be unsuitable for holding her up as the key figure to initiate a mass boycott of the city's bus system. Rosa Parks assumed this role nine months later, thus precipitating more than a year of organized protest to end segregated busing in Montgomery.

During this process, Claudette engaged in a second courageous action that played a major role in the civil rights movement: she served as one of four plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit Browder v. Gayle that abolished segregated bus seating in Alabama. In Claudette Colvin, Phillip Hoose shines the spotlight on Claudette's motivation and anguish around two actions that hitherto remained fairly obscure in the historical record. Along the way, readers are given a jarring reminder of the heavy oppression, fear, and humiliation that African Americans experienced on a daily basis as a result of the country's institutionalized discrimination. This book provides a vivid demonstration of the power of organized resistance and the importance of social justice for all people.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa393560c) out of 5 stars Great History March 13 2009
By Jacqueline Parson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was very informing. I learned something I did not know. I always wondered why my father drew our feet and took the drawings to the store. I did not know that Blacks could not try on the shoes. It does make sense. The book put a lot of closure to some things I often wondered about.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa597a3d8) out of 5 stars engrossing story of a teenage civil rights activist May 20 2009
By Great Kid Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most American school children know the story of Rosa Parks, but few know that before Rosa Parks started her protest there was a brave young teen who challenged the segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama.

This is an amazing story - I read it in one sitting, it was so engrossing - of Claudette Colvin and her courage to speak up against the injustices of segregation. It's a great nonfiction for young adults - clear, descriptive background information, and many first-person accounts from interviews with Claudette and others. Fantastic. I think it would be great for kids in 5th grade and up.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa326ed2c) out of 5 stars Inspiring: Teens Can Make a Difference Jan. 19 2010
By Jennifer Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In reviewing this type of book, I have to wonder if it's the kind of book that Young Adults want to read, or the kind of book that adults want young adults to read?

Claudette Colvin, a teen on her way home from school, was one of the first to stand up for her right NOT to stand up on the bus, even before the better-known Rosa Parks.

That said, it's a great book. The angle of a teen who was active within the Civil Rights movement is perhaps a more relevant take for teens.

It's highly readable and interesting, with pictures that add to the story.

I enjoyed Russsell Freedman's Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott book more, and it was actually where I first heard of Claudette Colvin's role in the bus boycotts.

Content: This book does not gloss over the very real, hard facts of prejudice and does contain some violence towards Claudette and others that a younger teen might find disturbing. The book also addresses rape and Claudette's teen pregnancy. For this reason, I would recommend it for teens, not tweens.


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