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She Stood For Freedom    by Loki Mulholland & Charlotta Janssen order for
She Stood For Freedom
by Loki Mulholland
Order:  USA  Can
Shadow Mountain, 2016 (2016)
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*   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Growing up in 1950s Virginia, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Like so many others, she believed that people really were equal, regardless of the color of one's skin. Notable events that Joan participated in include lunch counter sit-ins, the March from Selma to Montgomery, as well as the March on Washington.

This short biography, written by Joan's son, Loki, also details Joan's early life and how her beliefs were shaped. From a young age Joan believed she could make a difference. Despite being taunted, threatened, and even arrested, Joan did just that ... she made a difference.

I found the writing to be a little simple for its target audience, readers ages eight and up. Each section is a page or less in length, so the reader gets only major points of the subject's life and little detail. I felt almost as though I was reading a book report written by a child, not a biography written for a child.

What I found more entertaining and interesting are the personal photos of Joan, her family, and photos from the Civil Rights Movement. Luckily for me there are just as much, if not more, photos as text. Overall, I'd recommend the book if your child has to do a book report about the Civil Rights Movement, but otherwise, I'd pass on this one.

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