In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.
From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. Her story is accompanied by illustrations by Shadra Strickland in the style of "visual journalism," as well as news clippings, maps, and archival photographs. With end notes that include a timeline of relevant events, additional information about the Lovings, and more, this is a powerful introduction to an ordinary couple who fought for the right to love.
"Written in free verse, this docu-novel alternates perspectives between Richard and Mildred. News clippings, maps, and archival photos add immediacy and context, as do Strickland's moving illustrations, in the style of 'visual journalism,' which she explains in an appended note. The volume also features a time line of relevant events and an appended summary of the Lovings' lives after the case." — Kristin Anderson, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||13 and up|
|Author||Patricia Hruby Powell|
|Publication Date||Jan 31, 2017|