Posted in Children's Nonfiction

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March, by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley

road to freedomTurning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley
Illustrated by Pj Loughran
2015 by Dial Books
ISBN – 9780803741232
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Middle School
3 Stars

Lynda Blackmon Lowery had been marching for civil rights for sometime before she became the youngest person to march in the Selma Voting Rights March. She been to jail multiple times and was no stranger to mistreatment of African Americans. She shares her memories of the times before and during the march, and how she was involved in the nonviolent Civil Right Movement. Although this book was inspiring, it just wasn’t amazing to me. It was told in such a casual voice, that it seemed to lack passion. While it is hard to not be moved by the events surrounding the march, this book did not evoke the emotions that I expected. I loved the illustrations, as I thought those did a better job of conveying the gravity of the events than the text did. Overall, a bit disappointing, but still a worthwhile text.

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