Title: March: Book Two
Author: John Lewis (with Andrew Aydin) & illustrated by Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
AR Levels: TBA
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22487952-march
In a nutshell: Picking up where book one left off, book two follows John Lewis' work as a Freedom Rider and as an organizer of the March on Washington during the Civil Rights Movement.
I'd recommend it to grades: 9 and up
I'd recommend it to: teachers for Black History Month reading lists, fans of biographies, and budding activists
What I liked most about this book: This
second installment of the graphic memoir trilogy took the series to a whole
new level. The way Lewis' presence at Obama's inauguration is weaved
into his memories of his work with SNCC on the Freedom Rides and the
March on Washington is pure genius. Some of the single panel artwork
nearly broke my heart it was so gripping, particularly a darkly sinister one of a group of Klansmen. I
was so moved by this book, and it taught me more about the Civil Rights
Movement than anything else ever has. Lewis' insight into the
behind-the-scenes workings of the movement is fascinating. This is the
perfect format for this true story, and I can't wait for book three.
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): There's another single panel that made me tear up. During a protest, a police officer asks a small
African-American girl what it is that she wants, and she simply and innocently replies, "f'eedom." It's a quiet yet powerful moment that perfectly sums up the book's themes and tone.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 5 stars