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 Loving vs. Virginia : a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case
 Author: Powell, Patricia Hruby

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 260 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 26 cm

 BTSB No: 729811 ISBN: 9781452125909
 Ages: 14-16 Grades: 9-11

 Loving, Richard Perry -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Fiction
 Loving, Mildred Jeter -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Fiction
 Novels in verse
 Interracial marriage -- Fiction
 Race relations -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Virginia -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction

Price: $25.38

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

 Illustrator: Strickland, Shadra

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 186105
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 69945

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/16)
   School Library Journal (12/01/16)
   Booklist (+) (11/15/16)
 The Hornbook (00/01/17)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 8 Up—This title, depicting the individuals and events surrounding a watershed moment in U.S. civil rights history, is immediately relevant today. In 1950s Virginia, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter fell in love and wanted to marry and raise their family where they were brought up. This was a problem: Loving was white, Jeter was considered "colored," and there was a law prohibiting interracial marriage. Still, the couple married in DC anyway, and after returning to Virginia, they served jail time. After years of separation and fighting the ruling, they connected with ACLU lawyers, and in 1967 their case was heard by the Supreme Court, which unanimously overturned the previous judgment against the Lovings in a landmark ruling. Written in free verse, this docu-novel alternates perspectives between Richard and Mildred. News clippings, maps, and archival photos add immediacy and context, as do Strickland's moving illustrations, in the style of "visual journalism," which she explains in an appended note. The volume also features a time line of relevant events and an appended summary of the Lovings' lives after the case. The bibliography displays the author's extensive research, which included interviews with those who were connected to the couple, and the free-verse style personalizes the historical events, which reach directly into today's headlines. No single book can tell the whole story, of course, and this offers a rich opportunity for students and adults to discuss urgent and perennial questions: In any retelling of history, what has been left out? Is every story an open subject for every author? VERDICT A natural addition to any school or public library. With the new film Loving and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, there will be increased attention on the Lovings' story.—Kristin Anderson, Bloomingdale Public Library, IL - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2016 *Starred Review* Readers meet sixth-grader Mildred Jeter, known to her family as String Bean, walking to school in 1952. Descended from African slaves and Indians, the kids in the Jeter family attend segregated schools, though in their small, racially mixed rural Virginia community, all enjoy music and square dancing together. Richard Loving enters her life as a white friend of her older brothers. As the years go by and Mildred grows up, the couple’s story becomes one of love, courtship, marriage, tribulation, and triumph. The local sheriff hauls them off to jail in 1958 for violating a statute prohibiting interracial marriage. After court battles, the law is overturned in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision known as Loving v. Virginia. Written in free verse, Powell’s novel unfolds in a series of concise, evocative first-person narratives alternating between Richard and Mildred. Placing their personal stories within the broader context of the major events of the civil rights movement happening at the time, occasional sections feature archival photos as well as significant quotes. Powell’s thorough research includes 10 interviews. Not seen in final form, Strickland’s expressive illustrations draw on a mid-twentieth-century style. Fine, dramatic storytelling in a memorable verse format. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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