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Freedom Summer Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Wiles, Deborah (Author), Lagarrigue, Jerome (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 068987829X     ISBN-13: 9780689878299
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
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Published: January 2005
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Annotation: John Henry swims better than anyone I know.

He crawls like a catfish, blows bubbles like a swamp monster, but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.

He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim.

But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is.

Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there . . . only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts.

This stirring account of the "Freedom Summer" that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 powerfully and poignantly captures two boys' experience with racism and their friendship that defies it.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
Dewey: E
LCCN: 98052805
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 600 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.18" H x 9.74" W x 9.02" (0.30 lbs) 32 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 1960's
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Cultural Region - South
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Friendship
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 01/01/2005 pg. 34
PW Notes and Reprints 01/03/2005 pg. 58
Publishers Weekly 01/03/2005
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 46086
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
Two boys--one black, one white--are best friends in the segregated 1960s South in this picture book about friends sticking together through thick and thin.

John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn't swim in the town pool with me.
He's not allowed.

Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there...only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts.


Contributor Bio(s): Wiles, Deborah: - Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and grew up in an Air Force family, moving many times but digging deep roots into the Mississippi soil of her extended family. She still travels "down South" today from her longtime home in Frederick, Maryland, where she lives with her family and works as a freelance writer. She also teaches writing and oral history workshops--sharing with children how all history is really biography, and how every person's story is important. Freedom Summer is her first book.Lagarrigue, Jerome: - Jerome Lagarrigue was born and grew up in Paris, France, in a family of artists. Mr. Lagarrigue is the illustrator of Freedom Summer as well as My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes, and his work has also appeared in the New Yorker and on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he teaches drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
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