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Freedom Riders
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Ann Bausum writes about US history for young people. Her books consistently earn prominent national recognition. Denied, Detained, Deported was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secondary school level from the National Council for the Social Studies. Muckrakers earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders gained the Robert F. Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and With Courage and Cloth received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers.

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Gr 5-9-Ann Bausum's powerful book (National Geographic, 2005) about the experiences of John Lewis and Jim Zwerg during the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s is narrated by Cecelia Riddett whose impassioned reading emphasizes the brutal facts. Lewis, an African-American from the South, knew about prejudice and degradation from an early age and intended to become a preacher to help resolve the conflicts all around him. Zwerg, living the more privileged life of a Northern white student, came to understand the civil rights cause while he was in college. Both men risked their lives to take on the racist practices of interstate bus travel and highlight white Southerners' deep-seated hatred for blacks. The book, told from their perspectives, provides information about their lives, participation in the rides, and beating by an angry white mob. Both Zwerg and Lewis contributed stirring forewords, which would have had even more impact if they were read by the two men. Make sure to have the book available so listeners can see the archival photos.-Edie Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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