Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round

Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round

Fall 2006 Non-Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Shane E Evans
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 076361927-2
Hardcover Price: $19.99
This is the third and final book by this author/illustrator team focusing on the Black experience in America. Covering the period from 1954 when the N.A.A.C.P. filed the suit in the U.S. Supreme Court that came to be known as Brown v. Board of Education through 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson presented the Voting Rights Bill to Congress, this book bears powerful testimony to the tenacity and courage of all those who were involved in the convulsive struggle for civil rights in this country. Along the way, readers will hear stories of well-known figures (Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, James Farmer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Hamer) and unsung heroes (Diane Nash, one of the many sit-in participants; Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine students who integrated Central High in Little Rock; and James Chaney, the only Black civil rights worker of the three who were murdered during the voter registration drives of “Freedom Summer” in 1964). Interspersed with the stories are the words and music of the movement. Shane Evans' illustrations—varying from vignettes to full-page portraits—add to the drama of the events. Back matter includes a time line, an update (highlighting what some of the participants have gone on to do with their lives), source notes, a bibliography, and an index. An important piece of America's past, powerfully presented, strikingly portrayed.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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