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Claudette Colvin Bio Wins a National Book Award

9780374313227_small Phillip Hoose's book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Colvin, a previously unsung civil rights-era heroine, accompanied Hoose to the ceremony. Upon accepting the award, Hoose said, "I thank this woman beside me whose story was about to disappear. We got to tell an untold story." (Thanks to School Library Journal's Rocco Staino [@RoccoA] for his Twitter reporting.)

The citation at the National Book Foundation's web site reads, in part, "How could we not know of this courageous teenager and her remarkable contribution to the U.S. civil rights movement? Phillip Hoose’s riveting and intelligent portrait incorporates photographs and other galvanizing primary source illustrations, as well as Claudette Colvin’s own voice, to draw the reader fully into 1950s Montgomery, Alabama."

Claudette Colvin is also a nominee in the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils) for Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction.


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This is such great news! Claudette was strong and feisty and we are all better for knowing her story!

Absolutely. Isn't history fascinating?

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