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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Narrator: Lizzie Cooper Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781490608891
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In Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963, it is one little girl’s tenth birthday. Excited about Youth Day at the 16th Street Baptist Church, she puts on her patent leather shoes and practices her choir solo. But her birthday will include no cake and no candles this year. A group of men have tucked a bundle of dynamite under the church’s steps, and when it goes off, four girls are dead: AddieMae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair. Smoke clogs the throats of worshippers as they search for sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers in the crumbled plaster and broken glass. Author Carole Boston Weatherford, an award-winning poet and children’s author, shares this story in poignant free verse poetry from the viewpoint of a fictional child eyewitness. Listeners will be transported back to this dark period in American history by Lizzie Cooper Davis’ moving narration.

“These children—unoffending; innocent and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious, heinous crimes ever perpetrated against humanity … in spite of the darkness of this hour we must not despair. We must not become bitter.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., eulogy for victims of the 16th Street Church bombing

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  • “A gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An intimate experience … An emotional read, made even more accessible and powerful by the viewpoint of the child narrator.”

    School Library Journal

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of many children books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, which was a Caldecott Honor book, and Becoming Billie Holiday, a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

About the Narrator

Lizzie Cooper Davis is an audiobook narrator whose works include Drama is Her Middle Name, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, and Jackson Park.