We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

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We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9781561456277
FORMAT: Non-Fiction
AGES: Young Adult, Middle School
3 Stars

I read this book for the YALSA’s 2013 Non-fiction reading challenge.

I didn’t know that some of the 1963 marches in Birmingham were children’s marches. And I certainly didn’t know that so many children went to jail to help get more freedom for the African American race. I liked how the book focused on four different children and explained their different points of view of the same event(s). However, it also made it a little too dis-jointed for me. I would just start to get into one story and I would be interrupted by some back story or another child’s story. I had to pay a lot of attention to what was being said to make sure I understood who and what I was reading about. But, that being said I did feel that this was an important story that needed to be told. And I was glad that I read it.

But that being said, I had to keep focusing so much on the who and what it was the hardest of the 5 non-fiction books that I read for me to enjoy. It was well written. It had great information. But I felt like I was reading it for a school assignment. But with most of the other books I read for this challenge I could see myself enjoying reading them just for the sake of reading them. And that is why I didn’t give this book more stars. I just wanted to enjoy reading it rather than continually re-focusing on what was happening.

Book Discussion Questions:
Who was for/against the children marching? Would you have wanted the children to march?
How does bullying or discrimination play a role in your life now? Is there anything you can/are willing to do to stop it?
Which of the four “children” did you relate to the most? Why?
A lot of the civil rights leaders had different oppinions as to how to get things done. Did you agree with any one in particular?
If you want a law to change, what would you do to change it? What can a person do? What law would you want changed?

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