Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York


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Greenwillow Books
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6.3 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Hill Hearth, who lives at the Jersey Shore, is a New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author and a Peabody Award winner. She writes nonfiction as well as fiction, and books for both adults and young readers. This is her first thriller. Her areas of interest include American history, elder wisdom, and forgotten or little-known stories. Her ancestors, who include a Lenni-Lenape woman, called the Jersey Shore home for many generations. You can read more about her at


"[A] gem of a story...illustrations from the era and extensive notes and references help readers follow the story. Those interested in the myriad origins of the civil rights movement will be fascinated by the case and how it galvanized the black community of its day."--Booklist
"Weaving together historical background with a portrait of Jennings, Hearth has created a compelling account of the court case Jennings vs. Third Avenue Railroad Company--an early landmark case in desegregating New York City transit. ... A superb mentor text . . . brings the story of Elizabeth Jennings to vivid life."--School Library Journal
"[A] fascinating book chronicling a little-known but important chapter of the battle for civil rights...This is a fine addition to the growing body of excellent books form children about the long battle for civil rights in the U.S."--The Buffalo News
★ "Hearth steps out of the role of omniscient narrator, making the work a personal journey, allowing readers to follow as she describes her process from inspiration to researching and building the tale, one bit of evidence at a time. Completely fascinating and unique."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "Hearth draws on her journalism roots to carefully piece together the story of a mostly forgotten figure in the struggle for racial equality in the United States. ...Heart grounds Jennings' story in vivid sensory detail...a book that belongs in any civil rights library collection."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wrapped up in Hearth's detailing of Jennings's courage is a sobering recognition that the shame of our nation's history was widespread....Hearth reminds us that Jennings was not only blocked from riding in a streetcar, she also faced institutional obstacles."--New York Times Book Review