• Shelf Awareness
    “[E]ngag[es] readers in a physically uncomfortable yet vitally important topic. . . . The miscarriage of justice against more than 30 young girls from Americus, Ga., during the civil rights movement comes to light in words and pictures that will infuriate and inspire young readers.”


  • Kirkus Reviews“A fresh, insightful look at the crucial role young people played in the civil rights movement . . .”


About the book

​In 1963, more than 30 African-American girls ages 11 to 16 were arrested for taking part in Civil Rights protests in Americus, Georgia. They were taken without their families’ knowledge to a Civil War–era stockade in Leesburg, Georgia, where they were confined in unsanitary conditions and exposed to brutal treatment. Over the following weeks, their commitment to the fight for equality was put to the test. Combining historical research and personal interviews with several of the girls, Heather E. Schwartz brings this true story of the Civil Rights Movement to life.

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8   ·  

  • Reading Level: Grade 5

  • School Library Journal
    “A story that needs to be told. The solid research and concise narrative make it a fine addition to most student-centered ­collections.”


  • Booklist“It will be impossible for readers not to feel a sense of relatability with the girls in the photographs, who were so much younger than the more famous heroes of the civil rights era, but no less resolute or brave.”


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018

  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2018

  • Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Winner, 2018

  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2018

  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2017

  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2017

  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List, Winner, 2017