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Author: Phillip Hoose Narrator: Channie Waites Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781441802408
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On March 2, 1955, a slim, bespectacled teenager refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Shouting “It’s my constitutional right!” as police dragged her off to jail, Claudette Colvin decided she’d had enough of the Jim Crow segregation laws that had angered and puzzled her since she was a young child. But instead of being celebrated, as Rosa Parks would be when she took the same stand nine months later, Claudette found herself shunned by many of her classmates and dismissed as an unfit role model by the black leaders of Montgomery. Undaunted, she put her life in danger a year later when she dared to challenge segregation yet again — as one of four plaintiffs in the landmark busing case Browder v. Gayle. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955–56. Historic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks play important roles, but center stage belongs to the brave, bookish girl whose two acts of courage were to affect the course of American history. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Hoose’s book, based in part on interviews with Colvin and people who knew her—finally gives her the credit she deserves.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “History might have forgotten Claudette Colvin, or relegated her to footnote status, had writer Phillip Hoose not stumbled upon her name in the course of other research and tracked her down…Claudette’s eloquent bravery is unforgettable.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Today, thanks to Hoose, a new generation of girls—and boys—can add Claudette Colvin to their list of heroines.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Hoose makes the moments in Montgomery come alive, whether it’s about Claudette’s neighborhood, her attorneys, her pastor, or all the different individuals in the civil rights movement who paths she crossed…Engrossing.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin, a teenager who knew her constitutional rights and was willing to be arrested to prove it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hoose’s evenhanded account investigates Colvin’s motives and influences, and carefully establishes the historical context so that readers can appreciate both Colvin’s maturity and bravery and the boycott leadership’s pragmatism.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This inspiring title shows the incredible difference that a single young person can make.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hoose reasserts [Claudette Colvin’s] place in history with this vivid and dramatic account.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “This stirring account affirms Colvin’s rightful place in history and gives young people a reason to stand up for what’s right, even if the laws are not.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • Winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2010 Newbery Honor Book
  • A 2009 Cybils Award Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee
  • A 2010 ALA Notable Book for Children: Older Readers
  • A 2009 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2009 Washington Post Best Book for Children
  • A 2009 Horn Book Fanfare Best Book

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About the Author

Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of the National Book Award winner Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, which is also a Newbery Honor Book, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among other honors. His other books include The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award Finalist. He lives in Portland, Maine.

About the Narrator

Channie Waites is an actress and narrator. Her reading of Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon’s book, Zora and Me earned her a 2010 Best Voice Award in children and family listening from AudioFile magazine. She has received a total of four AudioFile Earphones Awards.