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A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Parents' Choice Gold Award
A Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award Honor Book
Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. After the voting rights marches, he remained in Alabama, in the area known as "Bloody Lowndes," an extremely dangerous area for white freedom fighters, to assist civil rights workers. Five months later, Jonathan Daniels was shot and killed while saving the life of Ruby Sales, a black teenager. Through Daniels's poignant letters, papers, photographs, and taped interviews, authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace explore what led Daniels to the moment of his death, the trial of his murderer, and how these events helped reshape both the legal and political climate of Lowndes County and the nation.
About the Author
Sandra Neil Wallace had a lengthy career as a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster and now writes historical fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Her children's titles have been named to state and national awards lists, including Bank Street College's Best Children's Book of the Year, ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, and Booklist's Top 10 Sports Books for Youth. She lives in New Hampshire. Visit sandraneilwallace.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An outstanding book that reads like a movie because of the photographs on almost every other page and the swift, suspenseful, powerful narrative of the writers, a husband and wife team. Although it was displayed as a YA nonfiction book at the local high school, the book is for older readers as well. The story is of Jonathan Daniels, a white Episcopalian theology student who risks his life to put into practice his beliefs by going into early 1960s segregated and dangerous Alabama to assist blacks to register to vote and provide other aid. Undaunted by every obstacle he faced, including by members of his own church, and initially by mistrusting, terrified blacks, Jonathan comes to life in this wonderful book as a heroic and inspirational figure. Ultimately there is no question why Civil Rights leaders have honored him and the Episcopal Church designated him a saint.