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Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Vivid photos, clear text bring heroic protest to life.

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Well-researched and highly informative, the book serves as an excellent overview of a pivotal moment of one of the most important movements in American history. Larry Dane Brimner, accomplished author of several civil rights titles for middle and high school students, does a great job of highlighting the difficult decisions and courageous actions of his heroic subjects, while the vivid photographs bring the story to life.

The violence and hatred depicted in Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 are hard to swallow, especially when illustrated so nakedly by the haunting pictures, but they contain an important truth about America's dark past, one that should not be forgotten. Brimner's straightforward, no-frills writing style is bleak at times, but overall he does justice to the story and the 13 men and women who risked life and limb to fight for integration and equality, helping to carry on their legacy and share their message with the next generation.

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