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March: Book Three
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Medal and Michael J. Printz Medal winner March: Book Three concludes the trilogy of graphic novels about John Lewis and the fight for civil rights in the mid-1960s. Casual racism, beatings by police, and murders by white supremacists are part of the story, which becomes quite intense at times. The authors and artist don't sugarcoat the story, but they also don't portray violence gratuitously. The language is often harsh, with frequent use of the "N" word; "damn," "hell," and "f--k" are used less frequently. Sex and substances are barely mentioned.
What's the story?
MARCH: BOOK THREE picks up the story with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, follows the the marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge into Selma, and culminates with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Along the way, John Lewis and his fellow protestors face many threats, from beatings to lynchings, but they never abandon hope. The book dramatizes what went on behind the scenes during some of the most dramatic protests in American history.
Is it any good?
Comics can bring social issues to life in ways that sometimes surpass other media, and this remarkable trilogy demonstrates exactly how. For March: Book Three, Rep. John Lewis has a wealth of experience from which to draw, and he and his younger collaborators have created a nonfiction graphic memoir designed to enlighten and encourage a new generation of engaged readers. March: Book Three celebrates the bravery and resourcefulness of the early members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee but doesn't shy away from showing the costs some paid for their quest for justice. The trilogy is a marvel of nonfiction visual storytelling.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how March: Book Three addresses the fight for voters' rights in the American South. How have ideas about segregation changed since the 'mid-60s?
How is violence portrayed in March:Book Three? What role does nonviolence play in the story?
How have current protest movements been shaped by what happened in the 1960s?
What role has the media played in shaping public perceptions of issues like the civil rights movement?
- Authors: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
- Illustrator: Nate Powell
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, History, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Top Shelf
- Publication date: August 2, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 246
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, iBooks, Kindle
- Awards: ALA Best and Notable Books, Coretta Scott King Medal and Honors, Newbery Medal and Honors
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