Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

by Duncan Tonatiuh

1940s: When the state of California forced U.S. citizen Sylvia Mendez to attend an inferior school because of her Mexican heritage, her parents bravely took action. Author’s note. Glossary. Bibliography. Note about the text. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs. Full-color illustrations were hand-drawn, then collaged and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781419710544

JLG Release: June 2014

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Nonfiction Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Reinforced trade edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9" x 11"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 5.1, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.6, Points: 2


    Level: AD870L

    Awards & Honors

    SLJ Best Books 2014, Nonfiction
    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Picture Books
    Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Best Multicultural Books of 2014
    New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, Nonfiction
    Winner, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015
    2015 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
    2015 Pura Belpré Award, Honor, Illustrator
    2015 Robert F. Sibert Medal, Honor Book
    ALA Notable Books for Children 2015, Middle Readers
    2015 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
    2014 Cybils Awards Finalist, Nonfiction for Elementary & Middle Grades
    2015 Jane Addams Award Winner, Young Readers; 2015 Ameréicas Award Winner
    Capitol Choices 2015
    2015 Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book
    Pura Belpré Award, Honor, Illustrator
    NCSS Carter G. Woodson Book Award 2015 Winner, Elementary



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