Thursday, June 9, 2011

Today the World is Watching You by Kekla Magoon-ADVISABLE

Today the World Is Watching You: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for School Integration, 1957 (Civil Rights Struggles Around the World)

Magoon, Kekla, Today the World is Watching You. Twenty-First Century Books, 2011. INFORMATION.

On September 4, 1957, nine African American teenagers made their way toward Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This wouldn’t have been a big deal except that the school was a whites only school and Armed Arkansas National Guard soldiers blocked them and refused to let them enter the campus. The three students who made it onto the campus were attacked by an angry mob. This caused a great outrage due to the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled for the desegregation of all schools in 1955. This is the story of how this group of teenagers eventually succeeded and became known in our history books.

The layout is well-done. The photos and illustrations complement the text well. The information provided is well-researched and objective. Readers who like non-fiction, civil rights, and history will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6), MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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