My friend's daughter lent me some amazing books this past summer. I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to and am finally digging in to her suggestions. The first booked I grabbed was "Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March" by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. This book is the most powerful book I have read in a long time.
Blackmon Lowery gives readers a unique view of the Civil Rights movement. She was jailed 11 times before her 15th birthday. She shares the experience of listening to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr speak. She takes you inside the marches, inside the jails.
This memoir written for middle school readers is so inspiring. It's real and raw and shows today's young readers the battle other youth have fought in our history. While many young teens may not feel that they have the power to change things, Blackmon Lowery and other teens showed bravery through fear, determination through set backs, and belief that things can change.
This is a book I will definitely be sharing with my middle school readers.