Martin Rising: Requiem For a King

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-01-02
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

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With imagination and power, the award-winning Pinkney duo celebrates MLK's nonviolent struggle for civil rights -- as he transforms America through the spirit of love.

A Washington Post Best Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the Year* "Unique and remarkable." --Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Each poem trembles under the weight of the story it tells... Martin Rising packs an emotional wallop and, in perfect homage, soars when read aloud." --Booklist, starred reviewIn a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life -- and of his assassination -- through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality -- and whose courage to make it happen -- changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.Wonderful classroom plays of Martin Rising can be performed by using the "Now Is the Time" history and the 1968 timeline at the back of the book as narration -- and adding selected poems to tell the story!

Author Biography

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including picture books, novels, and works of poetry and nonfiction. Andrea was recently selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, an honor that recognizes her significant contributions to literature for young people. Andrea’s new book, A Poem for Peter has received two starred reviews. Andrea also is also a children’s book editor, and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by Network Journal.

Brian Pinkney’s work as a children’s book illustrator and fine artist is known worldwide. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor Books, The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci and Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Brian is also an author, who has written many notable books, including Max Found Two Sticks and On the Ball. He has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honor medals.

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