We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Leveinson is one of the finalists for the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. If you’ve already read We’ve Got a Job and are finding yourself wanting more, you may also enjoy these fictional stories (plus two other nonfiction titles) with similar themes, subjects, and elements. Read and liked a bunch of these books already? Give We’ve Got a Job a try!
(Summaries from jacket copy.)
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Beals
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, “Brown v. Board of Education,” Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School.
Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.
This is her remarkable story.