The Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) blog highlights March of the Suffragettes by Zachary Michael Jack as among the most noteworthy young adult narrative nonfictions with social justice themes in recent years. Reviewer Alicia Abdul writes, “Social change starts with a step and for Rosalie Gardiner Jones who gathered a group of people to walk with her to Albany from New York City to win rights for women in the voting booth. There were many voices that contributed. Some we know well and others like Jones need accessible texts like this one that highlight the outspoken bravery it took to fight for certain rights.” Check out the full listing of recommended YA social change nonfiction from the last five years at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2016/12/06/narrative-nonfiction-social-justice/
“In 1912, a well-educated woman from an established New York family led a 175-mile march from New York City to the state capitol in Albany with the goal of handing the governor a petition urging him to support voting rights for women. A trek that began with much hoopla and a huge turnout of supporters eventually came down to just Rosalie Gardiner Jones and her associates Ida Craft, Lavinia Dock, and Jessie Hardy Stubbs. They refused to be dissuaded by family members, unruly bystanders, the lack of food, and the cold weather. Their dedication to the cause was as strong as their friendship for one another, and this combination catapulted them to success. With an informal writing style, this is an engaging title that will appeal to many readers. The use of newspapers accounts of the march helps bring this event into the 21st century.” VERDICT A fine chronicle of the early 20th-century United States and the tenacity of Rosalie Gardiner Jones.–Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mt. Carmel.
Zachary Michael Jack’s latest book, March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March to Voting Rights, will be pre-launched this week in a series of public events, beginning with a writers-in-the-schools visit on Friday, September 23, and an in-store book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing in advance of the book’s official September 27th release date. Details for the Anderson’s event may be found here.
March of the Suffragettes has been included in the Best YA Books of 2016 catalogue by the American Bookseller’s Association.