Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

Arrested as a Child January 27, 2020

Filed under: Nonfiction Titles — oneilllibrary @ 8:00 am

By the time she was 15, she had been jailed 9 times. And one of those times, she was put in the sweatbox and passed out. Lynda Lowery was devoted to her cause and to the cause of many others. That cause was freedom. Freedom to vote, to use any restroom and to be able to be herself without any shame, or stigma, or being arrested because of the color of her skin.

download-2Lynda grew up in Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and she was determined to be a part of it. Her mother had died because of the color of her skin. She was ill and wasn’t able to get treatment at the whites only hospital where they probably could have saved her. From then on and even early, Lynda believed in the idea of equal rights. When Martin Luther King, Jr. came to her church and she heard him ask for volunteers to help with the struggle, she was ready to answer the call.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery is a super fast read, and a first hand account of the march in Selma to get the right to vote in the south for all.

Recommended for grades 6th and up.


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