In a book based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin, the important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, and many others, this first in-depth account of the 15-year-old girl, who nine months before the famous Rosa Parks incident refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, skillfully weaves her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
Phillip Hoose won the 2009 National Book Award for young people's literature with this stirring reclamation of an important, if almost forgotten, figure from the early period of the civil rights movement. In 1955, Claudette Colvin was a rebellious and outspoken teenager in Montgomery, Alabama, when, at the age of 15, she refused to give up her seat on a city bus and was arrested. Colvin's action inspired others to participate in a boycott of the bus system. Because she was considered to be a somewhat reckless teen, the leaders of the movement did not think Claudette was the right choice for raising the legal issues, and winning, in the courts. Months later, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the same bus system in the same city, and made history. The subtitle "Twice Toward Justice" refers to the role that Colvin played in the landmark case Browder v. Gayle, where she appeared as an important witness. Phillip Hoose's biography of Claudette Colvin makes clear for young readers today the impact that one person can make on her own time as well as on the future. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.
- Juvenile Nonfiction
- Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Biography + Autobiography / Historical, Biography + Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
- 9-12 years
- Square Fish
- January 4, 2011
- December 21, 2010
- Phillip Hoose