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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,602 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Hoose Narrator: Channie Waites Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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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 Mont-gomery, 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/15/2014

    " Hoose tells the story of a little-known civil rights pioneer, much of it in Colvin's own words. Highly readable and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/21/2014

    " Sure wish we would have read stuff like this in high school instead of textbooks. Actually enjoyable and a lot of content about Jim Crow and the bus boycotts, which probably took up a few sentences or maybe pages in a textbook. How interesting to see how history has always focused on Rosa Parks and not the woman who actually took the first stand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbie | 1/17/2014

    " I thought the book was very inspiring and very informational. I think I learned more from reading this book than from all the years I had in elementary, middle, and high school down in Texas. Perhaps I just didn't care that much when I was younger because it seemed like old news and I never saw segregation and hate as anything but in the past. I am really glad that people like Claudette Colvin stood up for what they thought was right even when it was hell fire with no one else on their side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/11/2014

    " This biography of Claudette Colvin brings to light the "original Rosa Parks." Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white woman. She then went on to be one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging bus segregation as unconstitutional. Due to an unplanned teenage pregnancy and an emotional personality, Claudette was never as acclaimed as Rosa Parks, but her story is very compelling. This book is interesting in that it is mostly written by the author, Phillip Hoose, but also has portions with Colvin's exact words from a series of interviews she did with Hoose. The pictures and sidebars help to move the story along and give some reference points to the reader. This would be a great resource anytime, but could be pushed especially during black history month. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorra Walton | 1/2/2014

    " Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, this teenager did the same. Probably because I've worked with teens for several years now, I know that they can often be misperceived by adults. Excellent young adult nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/31/2013

    " Most of us have heard of Rosa Parks....but have you heard the name Claudette Colvin?? Claudette, 15, actually sat on a bus and refused to give up her seat to a white person before Rosa Parks. Unfortunately, Claudette's story has been lost in history. This book is a fasinating journey into this teenager's life during the civil rights movement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan P | 12/23/2013

    " Great read! One of those NF titles that reads like fiction. Lots of photos too, which I always enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 11/26/2013

    " This book re-framed my understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. We often forget both the deliberate and particular actions that changed history. This book allows one to recapture how powerful and important their actions were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindi | 11/12/2013

    " Powerful and shocking picture of life under Jim Crow and the young woman who refused to stand up for a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, nine months before Rose Parks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/31/2013

    " Fascinating look into a very little-known aspect of the civil rights movement. Surprised me how much class played a role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 6/22/2013

    " Fascinating account of a child who refused to give up her seat on a bus in AL even before the famous Rosa Parks incident. As an interview, talks about her life before, during and after the event. Odd to find non-fiction titles that you can't put down...it's a read-straight-through type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K Bond | 7/31/2012

    " I liked this book, it really brought the civil right movement close to home. I liked how it told a different story than the one that we had heard over, and over again. The book also gave accounts of other people who suffered, some of the stories are slightly intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cinda | 6/25/2012

    " Enjoyed this. A little younger than I usually read, but illuminated a relatively unknown (until recently) bit of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Slater | 7/20/2011

    " One of the things I love about nonfiction is that more people can hear stories like this one. How is Claudette Colvin's name not know to everyone for her major role in the Civil Right movement. She is an inspriation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/14/2011

    " I never knew that this teenager was the first one to stand up to the segregation on the city buses...before Rosa Parks. Very empowering and disturbing story of her early life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. S. | 6/8/2011

    " Before I started reading this book, I had no idea that someone had taken this bold step against segregation prior to Rosa Parks. Very brave girl! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julissa | 5/4/2011

    " So far the book is really good, It gives a lot of good and helpful information !!!!

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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.