Hot Pur­suit: Mur­der in Mississippi

Sta­cia Deutsch; Craig Orback, illus.
  • Review
By – October 10, 2011
Hot Pur­suit is the sto­ry of Civ­il Rights work­ers Michael Schw­ern­er, James Earl Chaney and Andrew Good­man who were beat­en and shot on June 21, 1964. The authors imag­ine the young men’s con­ver­sa­tion when they see a police car pur­su­ing them. Jux­ta­posed with the imag­i­na­tive sto­ry is a short biog­ra­phy and pho­to­graph of each man which explains why they are in Mis­sis­sip­pi, the Ku Klux Klan, and how South­ern Blacks were often kept from reg­is­ter­ing to vote. The book’s final page tells of Edgar Ray Killen’s con­vic­tion for the mur­ders in 2005. The only ref­er­ence to Jew­ish val­ues is in Michael Schwerner’s biog­ra­phy where one sen­tence states that Michael was inspired by Jew­ish lead­ers to fight oppres­sion. The col­or­ful illus­tra­tions and pho­tographs com­ple­ment and enhance the text which is well writ­ten in clear and sim­ple lan­guage for younger read­ers. Hot Pur­suit is rec­om­mend­ed for school libraries, but its Jew­ish con­tent is neg­li­gi­ble. Grades 3 – 6.
Ilka Gor­don has a Mas­ters in Edu­ca­tion from Boston Uni­ver­si­ty and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State Uni­ver­si­ty. She is a librar­i­an at Sie­gal Col­lege of Juda­ic Stud­ies in Cleveland.

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