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  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018

  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2018

  • Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Winner, 2018

  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2018

  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2017

  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2017

  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List, Winner, 2017


“[E]ngag[es] readers in a physically uncomfortable yet vitally important topic. . . . The miscarriage of justice against more than 30 young girls from Americus, Ga., during the civil rights movement comes to light in words and pictures that will infuriate and inspire young readers.”—Shelf Awareness

“It will be impossible for readers not to feel a sense of relatability with the girls in the photographs, who were so much younger than the more famous heroes of the civil rights era, but no less resolute or brave.”—Booklist

“A story that needs to be told. The solid research and concise narrative make it a fine addition to most student-centered ­collections.”—School Library Journal

“A fresh, insightful look at the crucial role young people played in the civil rights movement...”—Kirkus Reviews


  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle, 2014

  • Eureka! Gold Award, 2013


Eureka! Honor Award, 2014

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  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2011

  • Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction Title, 2011


"I read the book to learn more about Minecraft so I can talk to my students about it. I discovered that there are many ways you can play the game. Children will enjoy the book, learning about the origins of the game, adding an extra element, making it more than just a video game." - Tami Harris, Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center


"These are perfect non-fiction books for elementary-aged children who are on the cusp between picture books and chapter books... if you see a future Zoomie or Jarhead in your daughter or other young lady in your life, these books would make great gifts!" - Patricia Vollmer, Wired

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