written by Patricia Hruby Powell
Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.
A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017
Kirkus Starred Review
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show
“Strickland’s blue-, gray-, and yellow-toned illustrations have a strong retro feel and tenderly reinforce the written words…A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking.”
“This is an excellent starter book for those interested in learning the basics of the civil rights movement as Powell thoughtfully traces the events leading up to the Lovings’ case.”
“Strickland’s energetic drawings capture many personal moments, including early years going to the movies and to dances — all relatable experiences for a YA audience. Interviews Powell conducted with family and friends of the Lovings add an impressive level of detail, and vivid depiction of the social environment is accomplished through ample primary source material — full-page period photos, quotes from civil rights leaders (and segregationists), and newspaper reports.”