Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Alice Faye Duncan (Author) R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Calkins Creek Books
Publish Date
August 28, 2018
Pages
40
Dimensions
8.6 X 11.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781629797182

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About the Author

Alice Faye Duncan is the author of multiple children's books, including Honey Baby Sugar Child, which received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

R. Gregory Christie has illustrated more than fifty books for young adults and children. His work has won a Caldecott Honor, a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year Award (two times), the Coretta Scott King Honor in Illustration (three times), the NAACP's Image Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. He currently operates his store of autographed children's books, GAS-ART Gifts, in Decatur, Georgia. Visit gas-art.com.

Reviews

β˜… "Duncan creates 9-year-old Lorraine Jackson to tell the full story of the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968. The author's choice to not focus on the singular efforts of King but on the dedicated efforts of community signals a deeply important lesson for young readers. Strong historical details back up the organizing feat...(t)he narrative is set in vignettes that jump between verse and prose, set against Christie's bold paintings... encapsulates the bravery, intrigue, and compassion that defined a generation, presenting a history that everyone should know: required and inspired." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

β˜…"In this impressive picture book, a character inspired by an African American family involved in the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike tells her first-person account of the experience in verse and prose. Each full-page spread functions as a chapter with...informative back matter (which)...includes a time line and source notes. The excellent gouache art is typical of Christie's distinctive and impactful style, with impressionistic images set on pages saturated with shades of blue, yellow, or orange. Most gratifyingly, the determination of the characters and the import of this part of history are imbued with dignity throughout." - Booklist, starred review

β˜… "The boldly colored, vivid illustrations add to the meaning of the story. The book could be read many times and new information would be discovered with each new reading....(T)he author uses descriptive words that make this book excellent to use as a mentor text for writing. Each choice in diction conjures a specific meaning and acts as the perfect word to help the reader picture and feel what is happening in the story." -- School Library Connection, starred review

β˜…"With Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, Alice Faye Duncan...takes as her subject Martin Luther King's last campaign, and she makes clear that, while he didn't live to see its outcome, his work was not in vain. R. Gregory Christie...displays his unmistakable style...in his ennobling art, humanity is always paramount. (A)n inspiring account in which a heroic campaign lost its leader but nevertheless marched on to victory." -- Shelf Awareness, starred review

β˜… "The language throughout (the book) is powerful. Christie's Acryla gouache paintings are breathtaking... The text is fully researched, with cited sources, and draws many details from interviews with a Memphis teacher who experienced this moment in history as a child. A superbly written and illustrated work. A first purchase for public and school libraries." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Duncan writes in fervent free verse...(the) narrative is passionate and personal...Christie's vivid, emotive gouache paintings feature a montage of powerful panoramas and portraits." -Publishers Weekly