Friday, May 3, 2013


About Book
The inspiring story of one of the greatest moments in civil rights history as seen through the eyes of four young people who were at the center of the action.

The 1963 Birmingham Children's March was a turning point in American history. In the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, the fight for civil rights lay in the hands of children like Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Arnetta Streeter.
Through the eyes of these four protesters and others who participated, We've Got a Job tells the little-known story of the 4,000 black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. The children succeeded - where adults had failed - in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America.
By combining in-depth, one-on-one interviews and extensive research, author Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children's March from a new and very personal perspective.

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2013 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
 Society of School Librarians International (Honor Book for Social Studies K-6; Best Book for Social Studies 7-12)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012
 Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
 School Library Journal Best Books of 2012
Booklist Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, 2012
New York Public Library, Children’s Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best, 2013
Children’s Book Council, best-of-the-year Diversity list
 California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Medal for Nonfiction
 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Parents’ Choice Gold Medal
 Junior Library Guild Selection

About Author

As a writer and presenter, I:
My nonfiction articles have been published in some of the most respected children’s magazines, including APPLESEEDSCALLIOPECOBBLESTONEDIGFACES, and ODYSSEY.

Although I specialize in writing nonfiction, my short fiction has also been accepted by acclaimed children’s magazines and readers, including HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, SKIPPING STONES, and THE MAILBOX. My picture book manuscript, “Mr. Bellow Lost His Cello,” won Byline Magazine’s national picture book competition; since it is not yet published, however, Mr. Bellow is still searching for his cello.

Happily, I am represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. And, I’ve blogged at EMU’s Debuts. I support Pat Mora’s bilingual effort El Día de los jovenes/El día de los libros, Young people’s Day/Book Day).

If “curiosity killed the cat,” I’d have been a goner a long time ago (if I were a cat, which would be hard, because then I’d be allergic to myself).

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My Thoughts

May 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Children's March.

This was a major event in American History. Several children who were part of this march tell  from their own personal experience of this historical event. Some of these children Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Arnetta Streeter fought for their civil rights in the streets of  Birmingham, Alabama.  

One  young girl, Audrey Faye Hendricks, Age 9, Goes to Jail, she bragged to friends, family and her teacher that she was proud to be going to jail. 

Many children had suffered abuse and injury during the march. 

I was born in 1950 so I was 12 yrs. old at that time and I had never understood what harm was there in giving Blacks equal rights. I remember crying over the injustice and my parents kept telling me that I was not old enough to understand. I understood and I knew God would not approve of the treatment His children were put through. 

This is a book I will put on my book shelf in full view in hopes of anyone entering my home might pick up this book and start an intelligent conversation about this event in American History.

I highly recommend this book.

I rate this book a 5+ out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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  1. I think I would really enjoy this book. Thank you!

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