Loving vs. Virginia : a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case / by Patricia Hruby Powell ; artwork by Shadra Strickland.

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      Summary: Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.
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      Loving versus Virginia.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 November #2

*Starred Review* Readers meet sixth-grader Mildred Jeter, known to her family as String Bean, walking to school in 1952. Descended from African slaves and Indians, the kids in the Jeter family attend segregated schools, though in their small, racially mixed rural Virginia community, all enjoy music and square dancing together. Richard Loving enters her life as a white friend of her older brothers. As the years go by and Mildred grows up, the couple's story becomes one of love, courtship, marriage, tribulation, and triumph. The local sheriff hauls them off to jail in 1958 for violating a statute prohibiting interracial marriage. After court battles, the law is overturned in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision known as Loving v. Virginia. Written in free verse, Powell's novel unfolds in a series of concise, evocative first-person narratives alternating between Richard and Mildred. Placing their personal stories within the broader context of the major events of the civil rights movement happening at the time, occasional sections feature archival photos as well as significant quotes. Powell's thorough research includes 10 interviews. Not seen in final form, Strickland's expressive illustrations draw on a mid-twentieth-century style. Fine, dramatic storytelling in a memorable verse format. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Alternating first-person, free-verse narratives, beginning in 1952, tell of Mildred Jeter's and Richard Loving's romance, which grows into a marriage that violated Virginia's interracial marriage ban and led to the Supreme Court case in 1967. Energetic drawings capture many personal moments, while ample primary source material vividly depicts the social environment. Interviews with the Lovings' family and friends add impressive detail. Timeline. Bib. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #1

Organized chronologically, the alternating first-person narratives, written in free verse, begin in 1952 as Mildred Jeter enters sixth grade at the "colored" school; six years her senior and a dropout from the white high school, Richard Loving works as a bricklayer. Their teenage romance grows into a marriage that violated Virginia's interracial marriage ban. The Supreme Court took up the case in 1967, resulting in a unanimous decision: anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional. The Lovings' case helped remove overt racial discrimination from the laws of many states. As expressed by Mildred, the outcome was more personal than political: "I'd like to forget a lot / about the last nine years. / All, but what is precious to me-- / my family-- / our kids growing up /with their daddy /and me." Strickland's energetic drawings capture many personal moments, including early years going to the movies and to dances--all relatable experiences for a YA audience. Interviews Powell conducted with family and friends of the Lovings add an impressive level of detail, and vivid depiction of the social environment is accomplished through ample primary source material--full-page period photos, quotes from civil rights leaders (and segregationists), and newspaper reports. ernie cox Copyright 2016 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 November #2

Powell (Josephine) delivers a well-researched novel in verse, set over 15 years, about Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple whose marriage led to the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute. Amid photographs, interludes that touch on relevant topics (school segregation, the Freedom Riders, etc.), and Strickland's editorial-style two-color artwork, Powell explores the personal and emotional story of a young couple whose only desire is to raise a healthy and happy family in the state where they were both born. Powell's verse alternates between Mildred and Richard's perspectives, concisely revealing their fears and mutual dedication, particularly after Mildred becomes pregnant, they marry, and are arrested ("From high school/ to wedding/ to prison./ After two days/ my mama comes to visit./ I try not to cry, but I cry real easy/ these days"). This is an excellent starter book for those interested in learning the basics of the civil rights movement as Powell thoughtfully traces the events leading up to the Lovings' case. Ages 12–up. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.