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The Youngest Marcher: The True Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Right Activist

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming, inspiring tale of 9-year-old protester.

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Charming, delightfully drawn, and cleverly put together, this book hits home with the message that you're never too young to do the right thing. The true story of Audrey Faye Hendricks shows the bravery and conviction of a little girl who stands up when all the adults sit down in fear. Author Cynthia Levinson does a wonderful job of telling the story through a child's eyes. The Youngest Marcher, while dealing with a very serious subject and time in U.S. history, is lighthearted at points, gets serious, and then recovers -- much like a resilient child. The book's message is especially poignant at a time when activism is on the rise in the United States, with the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The illustrations are whimsical and capture Audrey's energy and innocence while at the same time depicting a significant issue and historical moment. The combination works, and the story never gets bogged down or turns preachy.

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