Review: Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom

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Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

Author: Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Adapters: Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley

Illustrator: P.J. Loughran

Published in 2015 by Dial Books

*Middle Grade

Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom is the powerful first-person memoir of the author’s fight for freedom during the Civil Rights movement. Lynda Blackmon Lowery fought for African American rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and, at 15 years old, was the youngest participant in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for voting rights. She shares that, despite her nonviolent efforts, she was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday. Her powerful story shows the strength of African American families and community members who came together to fight for freedom and the right to vote. Illustrations and documentary photographs accompany the inspiring text to encourage readers to connect with those who fought to overcome racism.

*Sibert Informational Book Honor

Additional Resources:

Author Lynda Blackmon Lowery interview with School Library Journal:

Interview highlights from NPR with author Lynda Blackmon Lowery:

Selma to Montgomery March video and information from the History Channel:

Selma, Alabama (“Bloody Sunday”) background:


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