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LOVING VS. VIGINIA : A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Powell
Author's First Name: 
Patricia Hruby
Illustrator's First Name: 
Shadra
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Strickland
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
In free verse that reads like conversations we learn of the love that grows between Mildred Jeter and her brother's friend Richard Loving. It is not until well into their narratives that we learn Mildred is African American, Richard, Caucasian. Their marriage is against the laws of Virginia and a very hostile and aggressive sheriff makes their life miserable until he drives them north. But desperate to be near family, they keep returning and finally their case goes before the Supreme Court. Strickland's few illustrations are soft warm tones interspersed with photographs and newspaper headlines. An important book about how 2 simple people with no "agenda", just the desire to be together and raise their family close to relatives changed the law. Edie Ching (10-14)