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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Powerful true tale of mixed-race couple's fight for justice.

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The wonderful and poignant story of the landmark supreme court case, Loving vs. Virginia, that legalized interracial marriage. The novel is written in free verse from both Richard and Mildred's perspectives throughout the years. Mildred is pregnant as a teen, before marring Richard. The second time she realizes she is pregnant she also thinks about how much troubles he is going to get into, even though "Richard's a man. He needs to do the thing. And I wanted to do it too." All together a beautiful, and extremely important story.

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Compelling and heartrending, this true story personalizes the civil rights movement in a way that will make readers who know little about that era eager to learn more. Author Patricia Hruby Powell's use of free verse lets the Lovings tell their story -- from growing up in a neighborhood where "Indians, Negroes, Whites -- all mixed" to dates at the local drive-in "cause no one can see us" to the day Mildred writes "Mama watches me go off with the white men. Get in their car. Go to jail" -- in a simple, accessible way that creates a real intimacy between the reader and the Lovings. The archival photos and Shandra Strickland's illustrations help bring both the time and their story to life.

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