Product Details
List Price:
$17.95
Ages:
13 to 17
Grades:
8 to 12
Pages:
112
Trim Size:
9" x 10"
Published:
11/2011
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-766-3
Illustrations:
Black-and-white archival images
Lexile Level:
1150L

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Overview

In the nineteen fifties and early sixties, Birmingham, Alabama, became known as Bombingham. At the center of this violent time in the fight for civil rights, and standing at opposite ends, were Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor. From his pulpit, Shuttlesworth agitated for racial equality, while Commissioner Connor fought for the status quo. Relying on court documents, police and FBI reports, newspapers, interviews, and photographs, author Larry Dane Brimner first covers each man's life and then brings them together to show how their confrontation brought about significant change to the southern city. The author worked closely with Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute as well as with Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and his wife to bring together this Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s book, and Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Reviews

* "For readers new to the subject, the biographies will be a vivid, informative introduction, but even those who have some familiarity with the landmark events will learn much more here. . . . A penetrating look at elemental national history." --Booklist, starred review

* "A clean, graphically interesting design abets a well-researched, engaging narrative that contributes a more nuanced view of the period than is often seen. (author's note, further reading, source notes, index)" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Can stand alongside Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers (Holiday House, 2006) and Brimner's own Birmingham Sunday (Calkins Creek, 2010) as fine examples of both civil-rights history and photo-biographies." --School Library Journal

Awards
Meet the Author

Larry Dane Brimner

Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights; and Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor.

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Larry Dane Brimner

Larry Dane Brimner is the award-winning author of a number of civil rights and social justice titles: We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin, winning the Jane Addams Book Award and the Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award; Birmingham Sunday, which was a 2011 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and Teacher's Choice Award winner; and Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book (ALSC/ALA) and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award (NCSS). He has also written Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for their Rights, an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book (NCTE) and a Notable Book for a Global Society (IRA), and many more. 

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