Bus Ride by William Miller

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A black child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic decision not to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
 

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William Miller is a poet and the author of many children's books. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College of Pennsylvania.Leonard Jenkins is a fine artist who has illustrated several children's books, including Walter Dean Myers's Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly. He lives in New York City, where he teaches painting at the School of Visual Arts. John Ward was born in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1956. He was raised in Perth, went to school in Dundee and to university in Edinburgh, where he studied philosophy and English. He turned both to good account, using the philosophy to reconcile himself to the vicissitudes of earning his living as an English teacher for twenty years, first at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and then at Inverness College.John Ward lives in Inverness, Scotland. He has been married forever and has four children, whom he considers his most valuable and perceptive critics. The Fate of the Thaumatophane trilogy is his first published fiction. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended the Montgomery Industrial School, which emphasized domestic sciences such as cooking, sewing, and caring for the sick. She married Raymond Parks in 1932 and was one of the first women to join the Montgomery branch of the NAACP in 1943. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man and was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Her actions inspired 50,000 blacks in Montgomery to boycott the city buses for a year until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the segregated busing policy was unconstitutional. She moved to Detroit, Michigan with her husband in 1957 and served as a secretary/ receptionist for U.S. Representative John Conyers from 1965 to 1988. She founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which sponsors an annual summer bus trip around the country for teenagers to learn the history of their country and the civil rights movement. She received numerous awards during her lifetime including the NAACP's Springarn Medal in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. She died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.
 
Published July 1, 1998 by Lee & Low Books. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Miller (Richard Wright and the Library Card, 1997, etc.) reimagines the story of Rosa Parks’s historic refusal to give up her bus seat as it might have happened to Sara, a young girl with an intuitive grasp of right and wrong.

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"In accessible language, Miller offers a streamlined, fictional account of Rosa Parks's pivotal act of courage, with Ward's closely focused, acrylic paintings," wrote PW.

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The girl's ride is longer than her mother's, and one morning after her mother exits, Sara makes her way to the front of the bus (""I just wanted to see what was so special"").

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