March forward, girl by Beals, Melba (#1396AWX)


March forward, girl

by Beals, Melba; illustrated by Morrison, Frank
Paperback Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019


From the Publisher

From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy-selling Warriors Don't Cry comes an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up while facing adversity in the Jim Crow South.

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn't she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn't she feel safe beyond home--or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter--and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

With emotive photos, this memoir paints a vivid picture of Beals's powerful early journey on the road to becoming a champion for equal rights, an acclaimed journalist, a best-selling author, and the recipient of this country's highest recognition, the Congressional Gold Medal. Includes a Q&A with Melba and bonus audio clip.

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 01/01/18
  • Horn Book Guide, 11/01/18
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/18
  • Kirkus Reviews, 12/15/17
  • New York Times, 03/25/18
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 11/13/17
  • School Library Connection starred, 03/01/18
  • School Library Journal, 12/01/17
Product Details
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2019
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: 323
  • Classifications: Autobiography, Nonfiction
  • Description: xiii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Tracings: Morrison, Frank, 1971- illustrator. ; Prequel to: Beals, Melba. Warriors don't cry.
  • ISBN-10: 1-32860-392-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-32860-392-0
  • Follett Number: 1396AWX
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 5.5
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.9
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 7
  • AR Quiz: 192409EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 7.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 13
  • Lexile: 950L