Thursday, December 20, 2012

We've Got a Job

WE'VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S MARCH by Cynthia Levinson. Peachtree, 2012.

Here is one of the shortlisted books for the 2013 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. The story of this momentous time in history is told through the lenses of four people who were children involved in the marches for Civil Rights in Birmingham. These 4 were among the hundreds and thousands of children arrested for their part in the movement. They marched, carried signs, sat down on buses, and stood up for their rights. Their efforts were a catalyst for what was to follow. Their actions also placed them at great risk. They were arrested, beaten, shot at by water cannons. A few lost their lives in the church bombings and other acts of violence. Levinson's book demonstrates the power of even the small and young to achieve great goals. From a visual perspective, I must also note that the layout and typeface and page designs are masterful and add to the overall effect of the book. <669>

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