Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank

by Nancy Churnin (Author) Yevgenia Nayberg (Illustrator)

Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year a world apart. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity. This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams.

Publishers Weekly

Churnin (Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing) adds to her repertoire of biographies for children with this side-by-side comparison of Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank. Both born in 1929, though an ocean apart, each endured discrimination and, eventually, death because of who they were. A straightforward narrative points out that, while they never met, the contemporaries were connected by shared experiences: being shunned by their peers as children; experiencing injustices small and large ("Everywhere Martin went, he saw signs that said, 'Whites Only'... Every day, more signs blared, 'No Jews Allowed' "); and finally finding power in words and self-expression. Stylized illustrations by Nayberg (Anya's Secret Society) initially employ a muted color palette of tawny, brooding hues, while ending spreads in brighter greens and blues strike a hopeful note. As the teenage diarist and civil rights leader stand together, the timeless, powerful themes they heralded form the conclusion: "Love is stronger than hate. Kindness can heal the world." A timeline and selected bibliography are included. Ages 8-14. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

"A surprisingly successful and enlightening combination strengthened by striking artwork."—Kirkus Reviews

Nancy Churnin
Nancy Churnin writes a weekly column about kids' entertainment and is the theater critic for the Dallas Morning News. She also writes a special needs parenting blog. She lives in Texas. Jez Tuya is a self-taught illustrator who grew up in the Philippines. He lives in New Zealand.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2019

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