Everyone knows the major names of the US Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, and so on. I doubt many know the names of the Port Chicago 50 – pioneers for change in 1944. Following a massive explosion at the Port Chicago Navy Base 50 soldiers refused to return to work loading ammunition in unsafe conditions. They are charged with mutiny and threatened with the death penalty.
This book is exactly what narrative non-fiction should be: lots of great facts wrapped in an engaging story. The writing is concise and well organized. Despite the fact that there were many people involved in the story it was easy to keep them all straight. The courtroom scenes were handled in such a way as to keep the reader thinking and interested.
Lots of great extras at the publisher’s site for the book.
Source: Public Library
Audience: Middle and High School