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Children’s Book Committee – April 2020 Pick

Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph that Changed Apartheid
Author & Illustrator: Adrienne Wright
Photographer: Sam Nzima

Hector Pieterson’s story describes how a peaceful protest against inequality in the schools contributed to the end of South Africa’s apartheid system. Pastel and collage illustrations. Biographical back matter. (10-13)

I liked the book. I like how the author went into Hector’s background and showed what kind of person Hector was and didn’t just dive into the march. I like how the author showed other perspectives and introduced secondary characters. It gave different views of the story.

I wish the author would have gone into what happened after the protest and what happened with his family.

The illustrations show how uncomfortable it was learning Afrikaans. How Hector was a normal kid. The illustrations and comic book format let the author teach and explain about life in South Africa. I recommend this book.

–Liam, 12 years old, Bronx, NY.

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