TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.

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For information about performances at your school contact: Miranda Barry at miranda@sheedylit.com or 646-919-0440


Weaving the voice of a teen with the powerful gospels and spirituals made the story… more powerful intertwining emotions from hope, defiance, anger, fear, [and] elation…
— Audience member, Maplewood NJ, March 2019
I really believe that the play will be a transformative moment ...that some of the children will be able to look back on as adults and say ‘that was when....’ Thank you.”
— Assistant Principal, Columbia High School, Maplewood NJ, March 2019

Our Teaching Guide

Fabulous. We loved everything. The acting was fantastic, the singing was beautiful. It inspired my daughter to join the student council for next year! THANK YOU!
— audience member, Miami, October 2018
Very important and relevant play that ties in directly with issues going on in society today.
— audience member, Miami, October 2018
We absolutely loved having all of you here and could not have been more pleased with the entire engagement.
— Mary-Margaret Dale, Culture Shock Miami

Awards and Honors for the book

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2018 Nominated for the Georgia Children’s Book Award

2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner, Older Children

2016 Amelia Bloomer List, Middle Grade–Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Teen

Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015

Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015, Nonfiction, Older Readers

Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2015, Nonfiction

ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers

Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Older Readers

2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 6–8

2016 CCBC Choices–Historical People, Places, and Events

2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Nonfiction