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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Vivid recollections of a teen girl in the Selma march.

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Author Lynda Blackmon Lowery does a nice job adapting her story in an easy-to-follow format for a wide range of readers. Her voice is one that's not often heard; this is a story told from the perspective of a young student protestor involved in the movement. Often the adults and their impact are the main focus of such historical accounts, but Lowery shows clearly that students were charged with organizing and carrying out daily protests -- missing school to do so. Through her vivid recollections, Lowery adeptly conveys the excitement, terror, hesitation, fear, and determination the students experienced.

The addition of both archived photos and illustrations help support the story well. TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM would be a great resource for any discussion of the civil rights movement or modern youth-led protests, including those in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, and beyond.

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