• They Called Themselves the KKK

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    Released August 2010:

    They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
    Houghton Mifflin

    a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist!

    a Junior Library Guild Selection

    a Richie’s Pick “It is, of course, through reading a book like this — and understanding the “Why?” — that we gain the insight necessary to help stop the flames of hatred and fear from spreading in whatever direction they next travel.”

    a Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year 2010

    a School Library Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year 2010

    a Kirkus Best Books for Teens 2010

    a Horn Book Magazine 2010 Fanfare List

    a Booklist Top of the List Winner for 2010 and Editor’s Choice for 2010

    a Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2010

    a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

    an ALA Notable title

    a CCBC Choices 2011 title

    Starred review: Kirkus “Balancing the stories of the Klan and the former slaves’ determination to remake their lives, Bartoletti makes extensive use of congressional testimony, interviews, journals, diaries and slave narratives to allow the players to speak in their own voices as much as possible. Documentation is superb, and even the source notes are fascinating. An exemplar of history writing and a must for libraries and classrooms.”

    Starred review: Booklist “[A]nother stand-out contribution to youth history shelves. . . . It’s the numerous first-person quotes, though, that give the book its beating heart, and her searing, expertly selected stories of people on all sides of the violent conflicts will give readers a larger understanding of the conditions that incubated the Klan’s terrorism, how profoundly the freed people and their sympathizers suffered, and how the legacy of that fear, racism, and brutality runs through our own time. . . . [T]his lucid, important title . . . should be required reading for young people, as well as the adults in their lives.”

    Starred review: School Library Journal “This richly documented, historically contextualized account traces the origin and evolution of the Ku Klux Klan . . . Bartoletti effectively targets teens with her engaging and informative account that presents a well-structured inside look at the KKK, societal forces that spawn hate/terrorist groups, and the research process.”

    Starred review: Publisher’s Weekly ”In this comprehensive, accessible account, Newbery Honor author Bartoletti (Hitler Youth) draws from documentary histories, slave narratives, newspapers, congressional testimony, and other sources to chronicle the origins and proliferation of the Ku Klux Klan against the charged backdrop of Reconstruction politics and legislation . . . Copious photos, engravings, and illustrations provide a hard-hitting graphic component to this illuminating book. And while Bartoletti notes that contemporary “hate groups wield none of the power or prestige that the Ku Klux Klan held in earlier years,” her account of attending a Klan meeting while researching the book is chilling to the core.”

    Starred review: Horn Book “Bartoletti tackles a tough, grim subject with firmness and sensitivity. . . . Exemplary in scholarship, interpretation, and presentation.”

    from a reviewer for CapitolChoices.org: “This remarkable book details the history of America’s first and longstanding terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan. With Bartoletti’s voice the story reads like a narrative yet provides all the well-researched information about this group that is, shockingly, still with us. . . . To me, this may be the most important book of the year.”

    Click here to listen to Dion Graham read from the audio book: They Called Themselves the K.K.K._excerpt

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