Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum


Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

Not that long ago, laws throughout the country criminalized homosexual behavior, the medical community viewed being gay as a sign of mental illness, and coming out could lead to being fired, shunned, and disowned. Then came Stonewall. And things began to change. In her dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, award-winner Ann Bausum introduces teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights. Vividly narrated and illustrated with archival photographs, Stonewall demonstrates how far the battle has come in the past four decades and yet how universal the struggles remain as young people of any era grow into their sexuality.


Praise for Stonewall

Readers coming of age at a time when state after state is beginning to celebrate gay marriage will be astonished to return to a time when it was a crime for a man to wear a dress. Enlightening, inspiring, and moving.

A powerful and moving account. . . Bausum's conversational storytelling whisks readers back to an era when homosexuality was criminalized

Horn Book, starred review This sobering history easily accommodates the complexity of a turning point in LGBTQ history, documenting 50 years of dramatic social change. San Francisco Chronicle

The writing is concise and clear, with a narrative style that is both compelling and passionate. . . This important book by an award-winning author is an essential purchase.

This illustrated history lifts Stonewall from its customary footnote or chapter status into the YA book-length treatment it deserves.

Stonewall tells an important story, and does it with style and passion my favorite kind of nonfiction. Steve Sheinkin, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor-winning author of Bomb and The Port of Chicago 50

A driving beat pulses throughout Stonewall, propelling the narrative forward. Bausum masterfully grounds readers in historical context while dropping them right in the heart and the heat of the moment. Tanya Lee Stone, Sibert Medalist and NAACP Image Award-winning author of Courage Has No Color

Awards and Accolades for Ann Bausum: - Sibert Honor - Jane Addams Children s Book Award - Carter G. Woodson Award - SCBWI Golden Kite Award A triumph on three fronts: educational, emotional, and inspirational. Booklist, starred reviewof Stubby the War Dog

Bausum. . . makes the history live as she explains, exhorts, and lets nothing drop by the wayside. . . Excellent. Kirkus, starred reviewof With Courage and Cloth

About the Author

Ann Bausum writes about history for readers of all ages. Stonewall is her twelfth book and her first book for Viking. Ann has written frequently about social justice history in the United States, including the fight for women s voting rights ( With Courage and Cloth ), the 1961 struggle for integrated interstate transportation in the South ( Freedom Riders ), and the Memphis, Tennessee, campaign to unionize sanitation workers that led to the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. ( Marching to the Mountaintop ). Among other recognitions, her books for children and teens have received a Sibert Honor, the Jane Addams Children s Book Award, the Golden Kite Award, and, on two occasions, the Carter G. Woodson Award. Ann lives in southern Wisconsin. Visit her website at or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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128 pages


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Publication date

1st June 2015



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