Monday, November 09, 2020

MMGM- Finding a Way Home

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
and #IMWAYR day 

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Brimner, Larry Dane. Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality
November 10th 2020 by Thinkingdom
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

The story of Loving vs. Virginia has seen coverage a bit in the last few years, most notably in Powell and Strickland's novel in verse. When I had a student who was very passionate about researching this topic for her National History Day assignment, however, we had a hard time finding books that covered the broader spectrum of marriage equality for young adult readers. This book is a good start. 

While concentrating on the Loving's case, this book branched out a bit and looked at the wider status of Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s. This helped with the background to the Loving's story. Unlike the verse novel, this also had good information about the laws, the details about the court case, and the Civil Rights act, while also addressing the effects that all of this had on the family.

There is a nice selection of pictures, the book is beautifully formatted, and there is just enough information. At just over 100 pages, including notes and a very complete bibliography, this is not an overwhelming amount of information, but offers plenty of information for research. 

Brimner has tackled Civil Rights issues before, with Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961, Black and White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor, We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin, and Accused!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice and the Fourteenth Amendment. 

Ms. Yingling


  1. I just received a copy of this book over the weekend. At first glance it looked like it was geared more for an 8th grade and up audience. I'll be giving it a read through anyway and thanks for featuring on MMGM.

  2. I have enjoyed all of Brimner's earlier books. I will be looking for this one. I didn't know he had a new book out. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I do not know nearly enough about Loving v. Virginia, which is a shame, because it was such an important decision! Thanks for sharing this book about it!

  4. This sounds like an important read. Canada never had the kinds of laws that Loving v. Virginia had to address. That said, we had laws that stripped women of their indigenous status if they married someone who wasn't also indigenous.
    I've just finished reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, and was appalled by all the racial purity laws. I was even more distressed to learn that Nazi Germany used these laws as models for their Nuremberg Laws.