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The March against Fear: The Last Great
Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and
the Emergence of Black Power.
By Ann Bausum.
Jan. 2017. 144p. illus. National Geographic, $18.99
(9781426326653). 323.1196. Gr. 9–12.
Ask typical high-school students about the
American civil rights movement, and many
will mention Martin Luther King Jr. and his
“I Have a Dream” speech. What they may
not be so familiar with are the other influential individuals and momentous events that
shaped the cause. This account of 1966’s
200-mile freedom march from Memphis to
Jackson, Mississippi, written in accessible
language and peppered with quotes and
period photos that bring the action alive,
tells how this momentous effort, initiated
by James Meredith, united the five factions
of the civil rights movement: the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference; the Congress of Racial Equality; the National Urban
League; the NAACP; and Stokely Carmichael
of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee. Chronological coverage conveys the fear and danger participants faced
and documents Carmichael’s first use of the
term black power. The brief chapters build on
one another, creating a complete picture for
readers with limited background knowledge.
This compelling account will be equally engaging for classroom resource material or
individual research. —Kathleen McBroom
Prom: The Big Night Out.
By Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge.
Jan. 2017. 80p. illus. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, lib. ed.,
$35.99 (9781512402674). 793.3. Gr. 7–10.
Prom has come a long way from its inception as an alternative to debutante balls.
Now, proms are being used as vehicles for
social change, whether it’s lobbying for gay
students to bring their partners, a transgen-der prom queen, or an integrated prom. This
exploration of the high-school milestone is
broken up into five short chapters, starting
with the history of prom and moving to
what prom is now, including fashion tips and
reminiscences from interviews conducted by
the author. While there are many heartfelt
stories here, there are enough tales of caution
that the ultimate tone is more realistic about
what is often painted as a magical night.
Though this could have benefited from more
photos and a decrease in some problematic wording (one contributor says of kids
who aren’t asked to prom, “you’re probably
more beautiful than most girls who did get
asked”), for readers who are new to the idea
of prom or are looking for an overview that
reads like a teen magazine, this should be an
easy sell. —Erin Linsenmeyer
Shackles from the Deep: Tracing
the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a
Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy.
By Michael Cottman.
Jan. 2017. 128p. illus. National Geographic, $17.99
(9781426326639). 382.4409. Gr. 6–9.
The idea of identity is at the center of
this fascinating narrative nonfiction book
about the slave ship
Henrietta Marie, which sank
off the coast of Florida in
the early 1700s. Cottman,
an African American journalist and scuba diver, was
moved to join the investigation of the wreck of the
Henrietta Marie thanks to
his curiosity about his own ancestry: “Could
it have been possible that any of my ancestors had been on this slave ship?” His search
takes him to London to research the iron
worker who made the shackles discovered in
the wreck, some small enough for children;
to Barbados, where 188 slaves were purchased at an auction by the same man; and
to countries in West Africa to walk the land
where those Africans were captured. This
truly multidisciplinary volume, an adaptation of his 1999 adult title The Wreck of the
Henrietta Marie, engagingly explores a wide
scope of topics, including the history of slavery, marine archaeology, and contemporary
racial discrimination, culminating in a dive
down to the wreck itself. Every bit of this
concise, detailed book feels personal, and
Cottman’s exploration and investigation of
the wreck is rich with intrigue and poignant,
thought-provoking questions. Color photographs show artifacts from the Henrietta
Marie, and end material includes references
and additional reading. Part mystery, part
history, part self-discovery, this is a stunning
trip well worth taking. —Erin Linsenmeyer
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the
Carlisle Indian School Football
By Steve Sheinkin.
Jan. 2017. 288p. illus. Roaring Brook, $19.99
(9781596439542). 796.332. Gr. 6–9.
Though arguably best remembered as
a supremely gifted track-and-field star,
Native American Jim Thorpe was also a
preternaturally gifted football player, as the
award-winning Sheinkin demonstrates in
this biography of the sports phenomenon.
Sharing the stage is Pop
Warner, the man who
would ultimately become
his coach at Pennsylvania’s
Carlisle Indian Industrial
School. The first part of
the book is devoted to biographical material about
Thorpe and Warner and
colorful contextual information about Carlisle, its football team, and the state of the
sport at the time (i.e., the early years of the
twentieth century). With that established,
Afresh entry in an enchanting series, a sci-fi stand-alone from an award-winning au- thor, and a sure-to-be-spine-tingling sequel have us hankering for spring. —Briana
The Forgetting Spell. By Lauren Myracle. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99
(9780062342096). Apr. 2017.
The second installment in best-seller Myracle’s whimsical Wishing Day series turns to
conflicted middle-sibling Darya. In a matter of months, she’ll be granted three momentous wishes. Now she just has to decide what to do with them.
Mars One. By Jonathan Maberry. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481461610). Apr. 2017.
In best-seller and six-time Bram Stoker Award winner Maberry’s latest sci-fi stand-alone, Tristan Hart and his family prepare to colonize Mars. That is, if first love and
antitechnology terrorists don’t compromise the mission before blastoff.
The Names They Gave Us. By Emery Lord. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781619639584). May
When her mother’s cancer resurfaces and her boyfriend puts things on pause,
Lucy Hansson is forced to confront faith, friendships, and family secrets—all over one
strenuous summer. Another sensitive stand-alone from novelist Lord.
Our Dark Duet. By Victoria Schwab. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062380883). June 2017.
In this sequel to the best-selling This Savage Song (2016), Kate Harker, monster hunter,
and August Flynn, monster, come face-to-face with a new breed of monster entirely.
Brace yourselves for another Schwab blockbuster.
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