Mississippi Trial, 1955

Mississippi Trial, 1955

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Mass Market Paperback
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142501924
  • 240 Pages
  • Speak
  • 12 and up


Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel

At first Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer, and Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to “know their place.” When Emmett’s tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing. But what will it cost him to know? Mississippi Trial, 1955 is a gripping read, based on true events that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.


“Will get readers thinking.”–Publishers Weekly

“Teen readers will find themselves caught up in Hiram’s very real struggle to do the right thing.”–Kirkus Reviews

“This book belongs in all collections to show young readers the full range of American history.”–School Library Journal 

“This is a thoughtful story that rises above a mere retelling of one episode in the South’s racist past.”–Children’s Literature