A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019
Martin and Bobby follows the lives, words, and final days of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Initially wary of one another, their relationship evolved from challenging and testing each other to finally “arriving in the same place” as allies fighting poverty and racism. The stories of King and Kennedy reveal how life experiences affect a leader’s ability to show empathy for all people and how great political figures don’t work in a vacuum but are influenced by events and people around them.
Martin’s courage showed Bobby how to act on one’s moral principles, and Bobby’s growing awareness of the country’s racial and economic divide gave Martin hope that the nation’s leaders could truly support justice. Fifty years later, their lives and words still stir people young and old and offer inspiration and insight on how our country can face the historic challenges of economic and racial inequality.
About the Author
Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of 16 award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Gold Rush Women, Children of Alcatraz, Marching with Aunt Susan, and My Country ’Tis of Thee. Since 2008 she has taught in Hamline University’s Writing for Children and Young Adults graduate program.
“This deeply researched, moving, and timely book traces the paths, junctures, and near-misses of two leaders——one a long-term civil rights icon, the other an almost-leader who might have carried on his torch. In Martin and Bobby, Claire Rudolf Murphy tells a human, historic, and tragic story for young readers and adults.” —Cynthia Levinson, author of The Youngest Marcher
“Whether it’s 1968 or today, Martin and Bobby is a timely story about the need for leadership, justice, and courage in a tumultuous world. Murphy blends the timelines of MLK and RFK through meticulous research and eyewitness accounts of a historic time.” —Patricia Sutton, author of Capsized!
“Exceptionally well-written, organized and presented for young readers ages 10 to 16, “Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice” is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition for school and community library 20th Century American biography collections.” —Midwest Book Review