The Bus Ride

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Lee & Low Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
15 Reviews

Sarah and her mother ride the bus every day. There are lots of other people on the bus, but some passengers aren't allowed to sit in certain areas.

One day, Sarah decides to see what she's missing by sitting at the back of the bus. The moment she moves up front she sets off a commotion that reverberates furiously throughout the city.

The award-winning author and artist, William Miller and John Ward, poignantly portray a child who discovers the courage of her convictions. With its inspiring introduction by Rosa Parks, The Bus Ride is a timely reminder for readers of all ages that no act is too small when it comes to confronting injustice.

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User Review  - Alexis Adelman - Goodreads

The Bus Ride is a childrens version of what happened to Rosa Parks. It is about a young girl who is black and decides one day she wants to sit at the front of the bus. So she does. She goes and sits ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caycee Hatchette - Goodreads

Personal reaction: I liked this book a lot. It was written in simplistic terms and I think that students would benefit from reading this. I would read this to second graders. I would incorporate this ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

William Miller is a poet and the author of many children's books. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College of Pennsylvania.Leonard Jenkins is a fine artist who has illustrated several children's books, including Walter Dean Myers's Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly. He lives in New York City, where he teaches painting at the School of Visual Arts.

John Ward was born in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1956. He was raised in Perth, went to school in Dundee and to university in Edinburgh, where he studied philosophy and English. He turned both to good account, using the philosophy to reconcile himself to the vicissitudes of earning his living as an English teacher for twenty years, first at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and then at Inverness College.

John Ward lives in Inverness, Scotland. He has been married forever and has four children, whom he considers his most valuable and perceptive critics. The Fate of the Thaumatophane trilogy is his first published fiction.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended the Montgomery Industrial School, which emphasized domestic sciences such as cooking, sewing, and caring for the sick. She married Raymond Parks in 1932 and was one of the first women to join the Montgomery branch of the NAACP in 1943. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man and was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Her actions inspired 50,000 blacks in Montgomery to boycott the city buses for a year until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the segregated busing policy was unconstitutional. She moved to Detroit, Michigan with her husband in 1957 and served as a secretary/ receptionist for U.S. Representative John Conyers from 1965 to 1988. She founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which sponsors an annual summer bus trip around the country for teenagers to learn the history of their country and the civil rights movement. She received numerous awards during her lifetime including the NAACP's Springarn Medal in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. She died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.

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