March. Book two / written by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin ; art by Nate Powell.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence -- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before."--page 3 of cover.
    • Notes:
      "Designed by Chris Ross and Nate Powell"--Colophon.
      Book two of a graphic novel trilogy.
      Young Adult.
      850 Lexile
      Accelerated Reader 5.5
    • Other Titles:
      March 2.
    • ISBN:
      9780606365475 (Turtleback hardbound)
      0606365478 (Turtleback hardbound)
      9781489836403 (FollettBound Platinum)
      1489836403 (FollettBound Platinum)
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Booklist Reviews 2015 March #1

*Starred Review* Lewis, Aydin, and Powell's lauded March: Book One (2013) ended with the successful desegregation of Nashville's lunch counters. Book Two, though certainly a continuation of the story, has a markedly different tone, focusing on the dangerous freedom rides in 1961, which incited brutal, hate-filled reactions and splintered some factions of the civil rights movement, as well as the monumental March on Washington in 1963. Continuing their nonviolent action meant facing potentially fatal consequences; Lewis and the freedom riders, for instance, all signed wills before they embarked on their historic ride, and Martin Luther King Jr. himself declined to participate. Powell captures the danger and tension in stunning cinematic spreads, which dramatically complement Lewis' powerful story. In one staggering wordless scene, Aretha Franklin's joyous performance at President Obama's inauguration is overlaid with snapshot glimpses of the bloody, angry aftermath of the freedom rides in Montgomery, Alabama, highlighting both the grand victory represented by Obama's election and the sacrifices many made to achieve it. The story of the civil rights movement is a triumphant one, but Lewis' account is full of nuance and personal struggle, both of which impart an empowering human element to an often mythologized period of history. An important chronicle made accessible both by Powell's expert artwork and Lewis and Aydin's compelling, down-to-earth writing, this is a must-read. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall

In the graphic-memoir trilogy's second volume, dramatic descriptions and vivid black-and-white illustrations follow Lewis through direct action campaigns in Nashville, Freedom Rides into the Deep South, and his speech at the 1963 March on Washington. The account has the authority of a passionate participant; the pacing ramps up tension and historical import. A standout among the many excellent volumes on civil rights.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #3

Lewis and Aydin begin this second volume of the graphic memoir trilogy in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009 (President Obama's first inauguration), then they move back in time to 1960 to pick up where March: Book One (rev. 1/14) left off. Dramatic descriptions and vivid black-and-white illustrations of SNCC's direct action campaigns in Nashville (sit-ins at fast-food restaurants and cafeterias, "stand-ins" at a segregated movie theater) are followed by accounts of the Freedom Rides into the "heart of the beast" in the Deep South, and on through the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, where Lewis spoke alongside Dr. King. (Back matter includes the original draft of Lewis's speech, a more fiery, radical version of the speech he delivered, a debate about which took place up to the moment he stepped onstage.) Since this is Lewis's personal story, the account has the authority of a passionate participant, and the pacing ramps up tension and historical import. Events and personalities aren't romanticized in the text or the illustrations, which themselves don't flinch from violence; in addition to exploring the dream that drove the civil rights movement, the story also portrays its divisions. Flash-forwards to Barack Obama's inauguration appear judiciously throughout, an effective reminder to readers about the effects of the movement. Among the many excellent volumes available on the subject of civil rights this is a standout, the graphic format a perfect vehicle for delivering the one-two punch of powerful words and images. dean schneide Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

PW Reviews 2015 January #4

In the second installment of his graphic memoir, Congressman Lewis continues to lay his soul bare about his time as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Chronicling the triumphs and hardships of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), this book paints a devastating picture of America in the 1960s, taking to task those who attacked peaceful protestors, and politicians who were desperate to maintain segregation. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell's combined experiences combine to recreate scenes of incredible feeling, from Rev. Martin Luther King's legendary "I Have a Dream" speech (and Lewis's own, oft-overlooked speech on the same day), to a single, terrifying night spent surrounded by the Ku Klux Klan. Even passages that are less emotionally fraught still carry historical import, including Lewis's recollections of private conversations with King. Throughout, however, it is Powell's art that truly steals the show, as the veteran graphic novelist experiments with monochrome watercolors, powerful lettering techniques, and inspired page layouts to create a gripping visual experience that enhances the power of Lewis's unforgettable tale. (Jan.)

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