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Without Separation by Larry Dane Brimner
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Without Separation by Larry Dane Brimner
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Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9781684371952

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★ ”Separation is never equal. When the Lemon Grove School District’s board of trustees decided to expel every one of the 75 students who were of Mexican American descent in order to establish an all-White student body, the Lemon Grove Neighbor’s Committee—Comité de Vecinos de Lemon Grove—decided to take action. Brimner’s straightforward narrative follows Roberto Alvarez from his return to school after Christmas vacation only to be told he was no longer welcome to the day he was able to receive the same education as the White students. The substantial author’s note places this case in context with other desegregation cases in the U.S.—particularly in California. Gonzalez’s colorful and detailed mural-esque illustrations make the historical flavor of the times accessible. A critical contribution to discussions of equal access and of systemic racism.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Brimner, known for his excellent, detailed books for older kids on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and ’60s, now addresses a younger audience with a simplified narrative in the main text, followed by a more complete account in the lengthy author’s note. Gonzalez’s richly colored illustrations, painted in acrylics, create a series of striking tableaux. Underscoring the importance of confronting discrimination, this picture book highlights a little- known court case that became a precedent for the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.”—Booklist

Without Separation is written with heartfelt respect and is buoyed by Larry Brimner’s consummate research. Maya Gonzalez’s art is a glorious match to this poignant and celebratory account about our nation’s first successful school desegregation case. A must-have for classrooms, school libraries, and readers who honor diversity.” —Pam Muñoz Ryan, Newbery Honor and Orbis Pictus Award-winning author

“Another powerful story from the distinguished Larry Dane Brimner, which celebrates those who fought against past discrimination, and encourages today’s young readers to step up, too.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author
“Brimner skillfully weaves threads of the past to recount the powerful story of Roberto Alvarez, reminding young readers that justice is the ripple of change.” —Rafael López, Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator

“Careful research and vibrant illustrations combine to tell the inspiring story of a Mexican American community that stood up against prejudice and school segregation. Without Separation depicts an important yet almost unknown piece of American history that will resonate with young readers nowadays.” —Duncan Tonatiuh, Pura Belpré and Sibert Award-winning author and illustrator

“As always, Larry Dane Brimner unearths the forgotten chapters from America’s history and brings them to light. This powerful narrative is captured in Maya Gonzalez’s richly textured folk art illustrations. Roberto Alvarez’s story celebrates the power young voices have in changing our world for the better.” —Lesa Cline-Ransome, author of Before She Was Harriet

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