Evicted! The Struggle For the Right To Vote by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charly Palmer. Calkins Creek, 2022. 9781684379798
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 3
What did you like about the book? The book follows the stories of several different people during the 1960-1965 fight for voting rights. Specifically it focuses on sharecroppers living in Fayette County, Tennessee and the retaliation they faced from white landowners when they fought for their right to vote: the threat of eviction. The stories are deep and often very emotional. For example we meet James Junior who is filled with deep loss after being left by his parents, a situation which would not be unfamiliar to many families during this time. His parents were overworked in the cotton fields and often left their kids in order to live their own lives on the weekend. James often had to care for his youngest sister from a very young age. This is just one example of the stories told about the people of Fayette County. However, the other message told through these pages is the story of resilience of the county people; regardless of their hard circumstances, they fought to ensure that voting rights were not a privilege only afforded to those who did not look like them. We learned about John and Viola, who in face of the dangers of fighting for voting rights, remained steadfast in their pursuit of justice. The illustrations in the book look more like artwork you would see in a gallery. There are images of the people of Fayette County as well as images of voting rights protests.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No this was a great book looking into how African Amerians persevered through some tough historical times.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is perfect for readers looking to build their knowledge on the voting rights fight across the country. It is more suited to readers ages 15 and older than for the middle school audience indicated in other reviews.
Who should buy this book? Middle school, high school, and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? 323.1196
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: July 29, 2022