The author, who is Michaux’s great-niece, has written this book as a “documentary novel,” but to me it is as well researched as any biography that I’ve read. In spite of all of the interviews she conducted, library collections she examined, and family archives she sifted through, Nelson still felt as though Michaux’s full story couldn’t be properly accounted for, and so she filled in some of the holes with fiction. Written in a timeline format in the voices of actual people (Michaux, his family members, customers, famous civil rights figures, etc.), interspersed with photographs, memorabilia, newspaper and magazine articles, and FBI file excerpts, Nelson paints an extraordinary and inspiring picture of Lewis Michaux.
Highly recommended for gr. 7-12.
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