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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted. Before Rosa Parks famousl Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted. Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up--or in her case, sitting down--for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Praise for She Persisted: Claudette Colvin Cline-Ransome brings the teen activist to life with great compassion and impressive brevity . . . A noteworthy start for chapter-book readers wishing to read more about young leaders of the movement. -- Kirkus Reviews Cline-Ransome's narrative provides a knowledgeable, interesting introduction to an ­important player in the civil rights movement. -- School Library Journal


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted. Before Rosa Parks famousl Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome, readers learn about the amazing life of Claudette Colvin--and how she persisted. Before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up--or in her case, sitting down--for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice. Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Praise for She Persisted: Claudette Colvin Cline-Ransome brings the teen activist to life with great compassion and impressive brevity . . . A noteworthy start for chapter-book readers wishing to read more about young leaders of the movement. -- Kirkus Reviews Cline-Ransome's narrative provides a knowledgeable, interesting introduction to an ­important player in the civil rights movement. -- School Library Journal

56 review for She Persisted: Claudette Colvin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I was very excited to hear about the creation of this series. High interest biographies are very popular in my school, but some kids don't always want to read a picture book biography because it appears to be too easy and the Who Was/Who Is series is a step above a good fit for them. I think this series will fit a niche that has been missing and I am excited to share with students. This biography is a wonderful reminder that before Rosa Parks was Claudette Colvin and this will help bridge the in I was very excited to hear about the creation of this series. High interest biographies are very popular in my school, but some kids don't always want to read a picture book biography because it appears to be too easy and the Who Was/Who Is series is a step above a good fit for them. I think this series will fit a niche that has been missing and I am excited to share with students. This biography is a wonderful reminder that before Rosa Parks was Claudette Colvin and this will help bridge the information gap some students may have about this historical time period. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read an early copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Raise your hand if you know about Rosa Parks. Now, raise your hand if you know about Claudette Colvin. Likely many of you are like me: before I read this book, I'd heard her name and knew she was a young participant in the American Civil Rights movement but didn't know anything else. This chapter book for middle grade readers introduced me to an amazing young woman. The book reads like a story but avoids fictionalized dialogue. I do wish it included a bit more about what happened to Claudette af Raise your hand if you know about Rosa Parks. Now, raise your hand if you know about Claudette Colvin. Likely many of you are like me: before I read this book, I'd heard her name and knew she was a young participant in the American Civil Rights movement but didn't know anything else. This chapter book for middle grade readers introduced me to an amazing young woman. The book reads like a story but avoids fictionalized dialogue. I do wish it included a bit more about what happened to Claudette after the events in the book. A timeline would also help young readers put various events in perspective. Small quibbles though about what is overall an excellent book. Review based on an ARC received through NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa the Librarian

    A good read-alike for kids who enjoy the Who HQ books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Simple read. Great for 3rd-4th graders. Love that this is finally a "story" for everyone to read. As a teacher, it is great that we have resources to share about different African Americans who have made impacts in our country. Simple read. Great for 3rd-4th graders. Love that this is finally a "story" for everyone to read. As a teacher, it is great that we have resources to share about different African Americans who have made impacts in our country.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Learning about your rights is one thing. To observe them being restricted and to question it, is another. Claudette Colvin did just that. A stellar example for young readers on how to use your voice when your freedoms are threatened.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This series is an absolute must have for elementary libraries where Who Was biographies are popular. I would have read two of these a day and would have been thrilled to see this range of women represented! I am half tempted by the Virginia Apgar book even though these are a little too short for my middle school library. My students are wanting a little more information, and I have Hoose's Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice. This is a fantastic introduction to E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This series is an absolute must have for elementary libraries where Who Was biographies are popular. I would have read two of these a day and would have been thrilled to see this range of women represented! I am half tempted by the Virginia Apgar book even though these are a little too short for my middle school library. My students are wanting a little more information, and I have Hoose's Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice. This is a fantastic introduction to Colvin's life and the Civil Rights movement, though! https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/au...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    Love this new series! I do wish they’d talked about the rest of Claudette’s life and how she is still alive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I’m so glad this is a series! I liked the original picture book, but I felt like elaboration was needed on historical figures. This series is great for kids who like the “who was” or “who is” books. The chapters are short and the sentences are simple. It’s written in a narrative format that will appeal to young readers. My biggest thing is that is stopped too soon. I realize that Claudette didn’t become the face of a civil rights movement for a reason (she became pregnant soon afterwards, and an I’m so glad this is a series! I liked the original picture book, but I felt like elaboration was needed on historical figures. This series is great for kids who like the “who was” or “who is” books. The chapters are short and the sentences are simple. It’s written in a narrative format that will appeal to young readers. My biggest thing is that is stopped too soon. I realize that Claudette didn’t become the face of a civil rights movement for a reason (she became pregnant soon afterwards, and an unmarried woman in the south with a potentially white lover would have been disastrously scandalous). BUT I feel like a follow up chapter on how the fight for civil rights continued after the story ended would have been nice, as I often feel many civil-rights era children’s books give the misinterpretation that everything was fixed. But overall, a great book to add to any collection!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    So. This is an interesting one. Claudette Colvin is *not* someone I learned about back in school, and in fact that name probably meant nothing to me until about a year ago. She refused to give up her seat on a bus several months before Rosa Parks did, but did not get the same attention because she was not considered to be the right person to be the face of the activist movement for a variety of reasons. Obviously this is a little bit complicated to get across in a children's book - she didn't "h So. This is an interesting one. Claudette Colvin is *not* someone I learned about back in school, and in fact that name probably meant nothing to me until about a year ago. She refused to give up her seat on a bus several months before Rosa Parks did, but did not get the same attention because she was not considered to be the right person to be the face of the activist movement for a variety of reasons. Obviously this is a little bit complicated to get across in a children's book - she didn't "have the right look", she was a teen who got pregnant not long after the incident - but not mentioning that at all isn't the right answer either. I will acknowledge it's possible that I missed something, but if I were a kid, my first question upon finishing this would have been "why is Rosa Parks famous and Claudette isn't?" Could have at least thrown in something like "the activists decided Rosa Parks was a better representative". Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group through NetGalley. Part of the She Persisted biography series for elementary level readers. Cline-Ransome introduces young readers to Claudette Colvin - one of the brave young people who stood up for their rights in the 1950s. Readers see her life from birth through mid-teen years. The simple to follow text pulls readers into this world where people were judged on their skin tone and did not receive equal or fair opportun I received an electronic ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group through NetGalley. Part of the She Persisted biography series for elementary level readers. Cline-Ransome introduces young readers to Claudette Colvin - one of the brave young people who stood up for their rights in the 1950s. Readers see her life from birth through mid-teen years. The simple to follow text pulls readers into this world where people were judged on their skin tone and did not receive equal or fair opportunities. The main theme of this series is perseverance and standing up for yourself and others. This book clearly shows how Colvin did this and paid the price for it along the way. A definite purchase for elementary libraries.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen Halupnik

    A note from Chelsea Clinton (author of the picture-book series off which this new chapter-book series was spun) opens each title. Clinton describes partnering with a “sisterhood of writers” to bring readers “inspiring and empowering” chapter-book biographies: “I wanted young girls — and young boys, too — to see women who worked hard to live their dreams.” Cline-Ransome and Pinkney present the stories of their subjects, Claudette Colvin and Harriet Tubman, respectively, through engaging and infor A note from Chelsea Clinton (author of the picture-book series off which this new chapter-book series was spun) opens each title. Clinton describes partnering with a “sisterhood of writers” to bring readers “inspiring and empowering” chapter-book biographies: “I wanted young girls — and young boys, too — to see women who worked hard to live their dreams.” Cline-Ransome and Pinkney present the stories of their subjects, Claudette Colvin and Harriet Tubman, respectively, through engaging and informative narratives that include detail beyond the actions for which they are most famous. Colvin, the teenage activist who defied bus segregation laws nine months before Rosa Parks, is shown grieving her sister’s untimely death. Tubman, abolitionist and renowned conductor on the Underground Railroad, had an unhappy marriage. The inclusion of these challenges paints deeper portraits of the women and showcases how they persisted through multiple hardships (though Colvin’s pregnancy as a teenager is not mentioned). In both books, the text succeeds in being simultaneously utilitarian and lyrical, with abundant figurative language and some direct quotations bringing scenes to life. The books build up context by addressing topics such as enslavement and Jim Crow laws so that readers have background knowledge to clearly comprehend Tubman’s and Colvin’s actions. Short chapters, wide margins, and emotive illustrations (seen as sketches) function to support middle-grade nonfiction chapter-book readers. Back matter includes references as well as a list of suggested actions labeled “How You Can Persist.” Lexile Level: 190L-940L Grade Level: 1-4

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    This is a really great series of books that I found the at the library. These books focus on women that persisted for a change throughout history. These would be really great books to read in women's history month. This book is a great reminder that before Rosa parks there was Claudette Colvin. She was 15 years old and she refused to give up her seat on the bus. Everyone knows about Rosa Parks. What do you think of refusing to give up your seat on the bus, everyone thinks of Rosa Parks. Very few This is a really great series of books that I found the at the library. These books focus on women that persisted for a change throughout history. These would be really great books to read in women's history month. This book is a great reminder that before Rosa parks there was Claudette Colvin. She was 15 years old and she refused to give up her seat on the bus. Everyone knows about Rosa Parks. What do you think of refusing to give up your seat on the bus, everyone thinks of Rosa Parks. Very few people know who Claudette Colvin was and that she refused to give up her seat nine months before Rosa Parks. I think Claudette Colvin story would be really great to talk about with students. You could ask the question why wasn't her story told even though she did it first. There are a few illustrations throughout the story in black-and-white. They add a deeper meaning to words nearby it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Learn about Claudette Colvin's refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama -- months before Rosa Parks became famous for doing the same thing. I'm not sure how I feel about this series--it is a similar age range as "The Story Of..." books, and I like the structure of those better (and I think those have more appeal--being full color just for starters). I appreciate the extensive back matter (how you can persist questions, acknowledgements, references, author and illustrator bios. Learn about Claudette Colvin's refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama -- months before Rosa Parks became famous for doing the same thing. I'm not sure how I feel about this series--it is a similar age range as "The Story Of..." books, and I like the structure of those better (and I think those have more appeal--being full color just for starters). I appreciate the extensive back matter (how you can persist questions, acknowledgements, references, author and illustrator bios.

  15. 5 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    I’m still learning and I love it!!! GREAT BOOK LESA 💚💚💚

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jbondandrews

    A lovely little book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Claudette Colvin may not be as familiar a name so it's great a series like She Persisted can let people know about her. They will see how acts of resistance have a ripple effect when Claudette Colvin and, just a few months later, Rosa Parks both refused to give up their seats because of unfair and racist laws which would lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Young readers can look up at how a then fifteen-year0old saw injustice and fought against it. Claudette Colvin may not be as familiar a name so it's great a series like She Persisted can let people know about her. They will see how acts of resistance have a ripple effect when Claudette Colvin and, just a few months later, Rosa Parks both refused to give up their seats because of unfair and racist laws which would lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Young readers can look up at how a then fifteen-year0old saw injustice and fought against it.

  18. 5 out of 5

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