Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south.
No other book on the Freedom Riders has used such a personal perspective. These two young men, empowered by their successes in the Nashville student movement, were among those who volunteered to continue the Freedom Rides after violence in Anniston, Alabama, left the original bus in flames with the riders injured and in retreat. Lewis and Zwerg joined the cause knowing their own fate could be equally harsh, if not worse. The journey they shared as freedom riders through the Deep South changed not only their own lives but our nation's history.
WINNER 2007 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Book WINNER Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice WINNER 2007 Booklist Top of the List WINNER 2007 NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies FINALIST 2007 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children WINNER 2007 ALA the Best of the Best Books for Young Adults SUBMITTED Booklist Top of the List SUBMITTED ALA the Best of the Best Books for Young Adults SUBMITTED NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children WINNER 2007 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age