When Thunder Comes by J. Patrick Lewis
Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

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In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. Exquisitely illustrated by five extraordinary artists, this commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
 

About J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis is the Poetry Foundation's 2011-2013 Children's Poet Laureate. He is the award-winning author of more than 75 books for young people and lives in Westerville, Ohio. R. Gregory Christie lives in Brooklyn, New York. Meilo So lives in the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom. John Parra lives in Queens, New York. Jim Burke lives in Beacon, New York. Tonya Engel lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published January 4, 2013 by Chronicle Books LLC. 44 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So’s bright colors against a white background speak of affirmation and pride for Kyi, Zia and Milk, while Burke’s somber palette evokes the fear of the three civil rights workers and the “nightmare world” of Mandela’s imprisonment.

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Poet Laureate Lewis casts a wide net in these stirring poems about civil rights, which highlight figures as multifarious as Gandhi and Harvey Milk, and are illustrated by five artists. The graceful an

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Gr 7 Up—Lewis once again stretches his own poetic boundaries with this moving and informative collection of poems that introduce 17 courageous leaders of civil rights causes in America, Bangladesh, Burma, India, and South Africa. Some of the names will be unfamiliar to teens, but their concerns s...

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