January 12, 2009
January 12, 2009
A sequence of fifteen interlinked sonnets pay tribute to a young man who sparked the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 Mississippi--fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, an African-American boy who was lynched for whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Teacher's Guide available. Reprint.
Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till's death was a deeply sorrowful tragedy, and each sonnet in this collection echoes the pain, sadness, horror, and anger that his 1955 lynching evoked across the nation and the world. Just a few of the ideas and feelings broached are what Emmett's mother must have gone through, a desire for another destiny in a coexisting universe, and the attempt to find a lesson for posterity in his horrible murder. This moving tribute is a heroic "crown of sonnets" comprised of 14 sonnets, each beginning with the somewhat changed last line of the previous poem, and a 15th sonnet made of the first sentences of previous 14. Accompanied by earth-toned tempura paintings on cardboard, with three themes entitled "the crime,""the mourning," and "the lesson," the book includes an informational page about Emmett Till, detailed notes for each sonnet, an artist's comment, and additional resources. Not only a 2006 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, and a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, but also a 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book in the Poetry category.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Boys + Men, Historical / United States / 20th Century, Social Issues / Violence
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Social Issues / Violence, Historical / United States / 20th Century, Boys + Men
- Age: Teen
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Pages: 48
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: January 12, 2009
- Author: Marilyn Nelson
- Illustrator: Philippe Lardy
- Online Item #: 12709714
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-6357
- ISBN: 9780547076362
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported