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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Title

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Authors

Duncan Tonatiuh

Illustrator

Duncan Tonatiuh

Publisher

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Pages

40 pages

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781419710544

Genre

nonfiction

Topic

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice; segregation

Annotation

Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.

Grade Level

K-3

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican American

Awards

100 Magnificent Childrens Books, 2014; 50 Books about Peace and Social Justice, 2011; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015; Best of the Best Books, 2014; Choices, 2015; CSMCL Best Books, 2014; Distinguished Books, 2014; Never Too Old: Picture Books to Share with Older Children and Teens, 2014; Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015; Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015; NYC Reads 365, 2015; School Stories: Selected K-12 Literature about the School Experience, 2014; Teachers' Choices, 2015; Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award, 2015-2016, Nominee Beehive Book Award, 2016; Nominee Bluestem Award, 2018; Master List Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2015; Nominee William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2016-2017; Master List Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2015, Winner Cybils Awards, 2014, Finalist, Non-Fiction Young Adult Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, 2014, Gold Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Award, 2015, Winner International Latino Book Award, 2015, 1st Place, Best Children's Picture Book (English) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 2015, Honor Book, Non Fiction Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2015, Honor Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2015, Winner Towner Award, 2016, Nominee, Grades 2-6

Keywords

school integration; Hispanic Americans; Civil Rights movements; court; lawsuit; petition

Item Type

Nonfiction

Format

picturebook

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

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