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In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. This commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

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  • “Lewis’ surprising and welcome integration of lesser-known individuals provides a holistic and enlightening look at an always pertinent topic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Pulsing verse and vibrant imagery. Lewis gives voice to a variety of fighters…illuminating each with poetic form, style, rhythm, and tone as individual as the subjects themselves…While the individual portraits are impressive on their own, their juxtapositions express unmistakable equality, offering readers a profound understanding of both what it takes to stand up and what happens when we stand together.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lewis once again stretches his own poetic boundaries with this moving and informative collection of poems that introduce seventeen courageous leaders of civil rights causes in America, Bangladesh, Burma, India, and South Africa…This thoughtfully written, carefully and cleverly worded collection demonstrates Lewis’ poetic versatility and his ability to capture the essence of each subject and situation.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The Children’s Poet Laureate salutes [seventeen] men and women, including one child, who spoke out and acted for equality and liberty, several at the cost of their lives…From political activists to an astronaut and from baseball legends to a typist in a World War II internment camp, they raised their voices and sometimes their fists. Somber and inspirational.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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