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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

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781419710544

Pages

40 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

picture book

Item Type

Nonfiction

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

Lexile Measure

AD870L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice; segregation

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx (Mexican American; Puerto Rican)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2015, Winner
Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 2015, Winner, Elementary Level
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)
Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2015, Winner
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 2015, Honor Book, Non Fiction
Pura Belpre Award, 2015, Winner, Narrative
Tom's Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, 2015, Winner
Towner Award, 2016, Nominee, Grades 2-6
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2015, Honor

Keywords

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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


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