Written by: Rich Wallace
Publisher: Calkins Creek (September 13, 2016)
I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review it as a Cybils Award nominee.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would have been like to be a part of the Civil rights movement in and around Selma in 1965, this book will give you a glimpse. The area was known as “Bloody Lowndes” was a dangerous place to be either black or a white northern preacher. The life story of Jonathon Daniels is one that tells the story of the whole man. As a kid, he was a visionary, deep thinking sometimes troublemaker- not someone you’d think would be a minister. Yet, he grew up to channel those big thoughts and emotions into helping other people achieve civil rights and was killed in the process of protecting a teenage girl. The research that went into writing this book was extensive, and I appreciated the details included of his trips back and forth to the south and of all the extreme behavior he witnessed. I honestly feel that if these kinds of stories aren’t told and recorded, we run the risk of returning to those early days before all Americans had achieved civil rights.
I’ll be including this on my list of 1960’s era living history books.