Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
10 to 17
Grades:
5 to 12
Pages:
172
Trim Size:
9" x 10"
Published:
10/2014
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-997-1
Illustrations:
Black-and-white archival photographs
Lexile Level:
1220L

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About the Book

Overview

In the 1960s, while the United States was at war and racial tensions were boiling over, Filipino American workers were demanding fair wages and decent living conditions in California’s vineyards. When the workers walked out of the fields in September 1965, the great Delano grape strike began. Did the signing of labor contracts with growers in 1970 mean an end to the problems of American field laborers, or was it a short-lived truce? Award-winning author Larry Dane Brimner follows the five-year-long strike through the rise of César Chávez and the United Farm Workers. Brimner’s riveting text, complemented by black-and-white archival photographs and the words of workers, organizers, and growers, tells the powerful story. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and source notes.

Reviews

* "While a number of books celebrating Cesar Chavez are available for younger children, few titles provide more in-depth coverage for olders readers. This informative volume offers a detailed, nuanced discussion of the man and the California agricultural workers' movement . . . Well researched, well sourced, and clearly written, this book is an excellent resource for young people." --Booklist, starred review

* "A skillful, compelling account of the complicated history of Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement, set in the context of the social and political tensions of the times . . . With an appealing design and many black-and-white photographs, this paints a vivid, detailed picture of an important labor movement and its controversial yet inspiring leader." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Brimner's comprehensive history of the United Farm Workers (UFW) begins not with Cesar Chavez but with the action of a group of Filipino farm workers who walked off the California fields in 1965. He combines the little-known story of the Filipino workers, a significant segment of migrant farm workers, with that of Chavez and the Hispanic workers, whose actions have received far more attention . . . Brimner's inclusion of information about the Filipino workers who began the movement, quotes and balanced discussion of Chavez's strengths and weaknesses provides a fresh perspective on the movement, making this book a first-purchase choice for middle-level researchers." --School Library Journal, starred review

" . . . Brimner's compelling narrative, complete with both textual and visual primary sources, is up to the task. The layout is inviting with swatches of green and purple to complement the dominant black-and-white color scheme and well-placed maps and photos, while brief Spanish translations of selected quotes, titles, and epigraphs are incorporated . . . " --The Horn Book Magazine

5Q 5P "Follow the history of the labor movement through this detailed account of the history of the farm workers movement and its leaders, Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong. Timely photographs and political cartoons . . . help the reader visualize the events as they happened in real time. . . . This is a great book for Common Core nonfiction needs." —Voice of Youth Advocates

Awards
Meet the Author

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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