Freedom Summer

By Deborah Wiles

Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award
Publisher: Atheneum 2001

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Best friends, one black one white, experience the negatives of segregation during summer vacation when they are prohibited from doing what they love like swimming, and eating together.

Award Key

Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.