Co-author Andrew Aydin
Illustrator Nate Powell
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels – in fact, it feels like I start every one of my reviews this way!
This book is part of a series of biographical graphic novels written by John Lewis about his life and career. Book Three starts in the early 1960’s.
What brought this book to my attention was the awards. It won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Then at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference last month, the following awards were announced:
The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, which recognizes an African American author of a book for kids
The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young-adult literature
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
The YALSA Award for excellence in young-adult nonfiction
This was record setting – no other book has ever won 4 awards from ALA. So I wanted to read it. Luckily, my library had a copy on the shelf.
From the publisher:
I loved this book. I must admit I pretty much cried my way through it, it is not an easy read. But what a story! Congressman Lewis has has lived an amazing life, and continues his work for civil rights to this day.
The illustrations by Nate Powell are all in black & white, and are viscerally stunning. Bombings, speeches, and arrests are somehow brought to life but the violence is never over the top or gratuitous. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement, not to mention President Johnson and Robert Kennedy, are easily recognized.
This book is a testament to what civil disobedience can accomplish, and feels very timely right now. This is a truly inspirational read, and I highly recommend it.
2/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis. Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (August 2, 2016). ISBN 978-1501115677. 320p.