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Loving vs. Virginia

Richard and Mildred Loving were sentenced to a year in prison for marrying each other at a time when interracial marriage was prohibited by law in their home state of Virginia. Their determination to be together led them to bring this case all the way to the Supreme Court where, in a landmark decision, the court invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The decision was followed by an increase in interracial marriages in the U.S., and is remembered annually on Loving Day, June 12. This documentary novel vividly brings to life this inspiring story.
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Patricia Hruby Powell's previous book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Nonfiction, a Parents' Choice Gold Award for Poetry, and earned five starred reviews. You can visit Patricia online at She lives in Illinois. Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and later went on to complete her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, and the NAACP Image Award. She lives in Maryland.


"Presented through the alternating voices of Mildred and Richard Loving, the reader enters the lives of two people in a tight-knit community who fall in love and are forced to leave the world they have known. We grow up with them and understand their quiet strength. Patricia Hruby Powell sets the Loving's story within the historical context of the Civil Rights Movement thereby allowing readers to gain a greater understanding of the fight for equal rights, at both the personal and societal level." -Jennifer Kelley Reed, Teacher Librarian and blogger at Reederama "Immediately relevant today. a rich opportunity for students and adults to discuss urgent and perennial questions."-School Library Journal "An impressive level of detail, and vivid depiction of the social environment."-The Horn Book Magazine "Compelling and heartrending, this true story personalizes the civil rights movement."--Common Sense Media "Captures the subtlety of a historic moment through the eyes of characters whom teens can relate to."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tells a quiet yet powerful story."-The Chicago Tribune "This stunning book is a must-purchase for the simple pleasure of its poetry, its genuine and moving story, and its respectful consideration of this monumental case on its 50th anniversary."--School Library Connection "Convincing portraits of Mildred and Richard Loving's courtship, marriage, troubles, trials and triumph."--Charlotte Observer "Readers who enjoy history, art, love stories, and the fight for equal rights will enjoy this biographical fiction. The timing of the book is perfect."-VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates "A story that is personal, not just political."--San Francisco Chronicle "Skillful storytelling mixed with the occasional illustration and documents transports readers into Mildred and Richard Love's lives in this must-read, exceptional book based on their true story."-Imagination Soup "A compelling, heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant tale."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Spellbinding free verse, illustrations, photos and more, it's a must for teens and adults alike."--Brit+Co. "This handsome oversized volume... tells a quiet yet powerful story."--Baltimore Sun "A challenging, poignant read about an important civil rights case."--ForeWord Reviews "Offers insights into the couple who never imagined they would make civil-rights history."--Austin American-Statesman "Excellent starter book for those interested in learning the basics of the civil rights movement."-Publishers Weekly "Fine, dramatic storytelling in a memorable verse format."-Booklist, starred review "Powerful and riveting."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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