Thursday, April 19, 2012


Author:  Phillip Hoose
Genre:  YA Non-Fiction, Standalone
Published:  2010
Personal Rating:  4/5 (very good)
Format:  Audiobook
Yearly Count:  36

As history has it, Rosa Parks is celebrated as a leader in changing the segregation laws of Montgomery, Alabama.  However, there was a teenager who actually precipitated Rosa's actions in refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white woman and her name was Claudette Colvin.

I can't say whether or not I ever heard of Claudette, but I can say that if I did, I don't remember her.  Claudette wasn't the first to stand up for her rights, but she was the first that went to trial over it.  I appreciate knowing the full story now, but Claudette didn't win me over.  That doesn't change the fact that her actions sparked others to take action.  

This was a very good, easy read and would make a great addition to a late elementary/middle school history class.  It has won many awards and worth the read to get our facts straight.  (That's not to negate the fact that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.  Someone else just did it first.)

Recommended By: Alisonwonderland at So Many Books So Little Time


  1. I don't think I've ever heard of Colvin. This sounds like a book I'd like.

    1. Bermudaonion ~ Supposedly her name was not in any school history books, so I'm assuming I had not heard of her either. It's a very short book, but packed with interesting information of that era.

  2. I have a book about her on the shelves...but not this one.

    1. Staci ~ Oh! You do? I wonder how it compares. I hope it's as good as this one was. :)

  3. I'm so glad that I was able to point you to a book you enjoyed!

    1. Alisonwonderland ~ Thank you! :) I loved learning about Claudette! What other facts of history do we know as the whole truth? I suspect not many. :(


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