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Because of You, John Lewis



by
Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by
Keith Henry Brown

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9781338759082
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General
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An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney!

Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis's harrowing and heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for the right to vote, Tybre is determined to meet him.

Tybre's two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma. And as the two meet and become fast friends, Tybre joins Lewis for the annual walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge!

When John Lewis is laid to rest, Tybre is invited to read Lewis's favorite poem, "Invictus," at the funeral service. Pinkney weaves this story of a boy with a dream--with the story of a true-life hero (who himself was inspired by Martin Luther King when he was a boy). Both John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr. have left indelible marks on future generations. Will Tybre be next to rise up and turn the page on history?

“Two Journeys. One Dream.” Time line of the Life of Rep. John Lewis. Sources and further reading. Archival photographs. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. Full-color illustrations were created primarily with watercolor and quill pen with black ink, and then rendered digitally. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8"

Dewey

323.11

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

720L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

John Lewis (1940–2020). Tybre Faw. US civil rights movement. Twentieth-century US history. Martin Luther King, Jr. African American legislators. African American civil rights workers. Friendship. Racism.

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