March: Book One

March: Book One


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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
#1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA's Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA's Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader's Digest's Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools' "NYC Reads 365" program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA TodayThe Washington PostPublishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, School Library JournalBooklistKirkus ReviewsThe Horn Book, PasteSlateComicsAlliance, Amazon, and Apple iBooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603093002
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Series: March Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 12,027
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: GN760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is co-author of the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy MARCH, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. He is also the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, GA.

Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, MARCH. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, among other honors. Aydin's other comics work includes writing the X-Files Annual 2016 (IDW), writing for the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2016 (Image), and writing an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet (Image).

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes MARCH, You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.

What People are Saying About This

President Bill Clinton

Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands. -- President Bill Clinton

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March: Book One 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next two! This is the book schools, teachers and graphic novels as a whole have been waiting for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely extraordinary. A historic work unto itself, depicting a dark moment in our nation's past with hope and optimism. The beauty of this book is the simplicity with which complicated ideas are conveyed. Perfect for young readers and older readers alike.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A spectacularly well written and illustrated story of a man we should all know more about. Perfect for the teen you know that needs a little inspiration or motivation.
JenTeach More than 1 year ago
The book is fantastic. The illustrations are wonderfully done. The authentic feel of the story being in black and white versus color is nicely done. I will be reading and using this book with my students. I can't wait for Book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic work of literature that, along with it's spectacular subsequent volumes, will be read for generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nate's art fits the story perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be a must read on everyone's list. I grew up in this time period but was sheltered in the Midwest. I remember the scenes of the attack dogs and fire hoses but couldn't understand the reason for them. We are in a time now that may not be formal desegregation but there are still groups in America that are being disenfranchised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Also it is just a great graphic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for class. It is helpful for understanding sit-ins that took place for civil rights movements. If you are interested in history you will enjoy this novel.
WillieStark More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, and then when I finished I had to go read the next one. It's that good.
KevinRaybo More than 1 year ago
A spectacular work of memoir that stands with Maus and Persepolis at the pinnacle of graphic novel literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the format of this book. The illustrations are stellar. However it offers more of an introduction to the subject matter and I was hoping for more of an in-depth individual perspective. It seems appropriate for a middle school to high school audience.
pydollwillie More than 1 year ago
I just finished John Lewis' book "Walking With The Wind" and this book is especially good for students to learn about a time in our history that is largely left untouched in our schools. This is an excellent book that I highly recommend to folks of all ages! Let us never forget our past so that we don't make the same mistakes in our future!
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This powerful graphic narrative (the first of three volumes) tells the story of John Lewis’ youth and the beginning of his involvement in the Civil Rights movement. As a college student, Lewis began protesting the unequal treatment of black people in Tennessee—where they were permitted to shop in stores but were refused service at lunch counters. By adopting the philosophy of nonviolent resistance—like Martin Luther King, whom Lewis soon joined—he helped galvanize thousands of college students to peacefully protest injustice. A deceptively quick read, this book uses gritty images and dialogue to recreate a somber time in US history as experienced by a man who has dedicated his life to the fight for social justice.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
Excellent first book of series that tells of the early years of John Lewis and how he came to be a part of the civil rights movement. Putting it into the graphic novel form was a stroke of genius and really made the times and situation of the characters involved come to life. This is a book that will stay with you and deserving of the many awards it has won.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so much from this.
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