professornana (professornana) wrote,

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picturing history

Turning Points is a series from Aladdin (Simon and Schuster imprint) that takes on an historic event in graphic novel format. Two arrived this week and I picked up LITTLE ROCK NINE for closer examination.

Fictional characters and actual historic events combine in this story of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. I think books in this series will serve to introduce kids to the events and players they need to know. All the basic facts are here: Governor Faubus calls in the National Guard when the courts demand schools be integrated. President Eisenhower mobilizes troops to ensure the safety of the 9 students. The events unfold with the back story of Will and Thomas, two teens who many things in common but not the color of their skin.

What I admire about this book is that there are references to Emmett Till and other figures of the Civil Rights Movement. The book ends with the Little Rock Nine, each named, entering into the school. My hope is that these books will pique readers' curiosity and lead them to books like Chris Crowe's GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER and MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955 and Melba Patillo Beals' (she was one of the Little Rock Nine) powerful, WARRIORS DON'T CRY.

WFMAD final update for July

Number of days challenge accepted: 30 out of 31 (crooked kind of perfect?)
Progress made on WIP: incalculable (is that even a word? I am sleep deprived this morning)
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