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A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era

by David T. Greenberg

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The author recollects growing up in a Jewish family with a father who was a key civil rights lawyer, involved with historic cases such as Brown v. Education and working with no less than Thurgood Marshall. The cover describes the book as a novel but the sometimes newscast-like prose and footnotes makes it feel more like a textbook at times. Non-fiction or novel, non-fiction or novel? The shifting of perspective from Duvy to Dorothy to Martin Luther King to others and back again gave the book a somewhat disjointed feel. The promise of this package didn't quite live up to my expectations. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Review borrowed from mikitchenlady (my alter ego):

Excellent account of the events leading up to and the people involved in the Selma-Montgomery voting rights march, in a semi-fictionalized account. Written by the son of civil rights lawyer, Jack Greenberg, this is a great middle school book to help students understand this important period in our history. Readable, not too long, poignant -- a middle school must-have.
  bpsmshsbooks | Sep 5, 2010 |
Excellent account of the events leading up to and the people involved in the Selma-Montgomery voting rights march, in a semi-fictionalized account. Written by the son of civil rights lawyer, Jack Greenberg, this is a great middle school book to help students understand this important period in our history. Readable, not too long, poignant -- a middle school must-have. ( )
  mikitchenlady | Mar 20, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525479678, Hardcover)

Duvy Greenberg is an ordinary twelve-year-old trying to fit in. He knows that his father, Jack, is a civil rights lawyer, but Duvy lives worlds away from Dorothy Milton, a black woman struggling to become a registered voter in Selma, Alabama. When Dorothy reaches out to Martin Luther King Jr. for help, she sets in motion a series of events that—with Jack Greenberg’s help—will open Duvy’s eyes to the reality of racial inequality and forever change the course of history. Blending facts, speeches, memories, and conjecture, this novel portrays the emotions and events surrounding the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:35 -0400)

A fictionalized account of the author's years growing up in Great Neck, New York, during the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, when African Americans were struggling to attain equality, with his father, who was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Includes commentary from the author's father, Jack Greenberg.… (more)

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