'Through Angel's Eyes' is the first person account of a 13 year old Black girl as she experiences the pivotal events of the 1963 civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. The book is a Young Adult historical fiction that infuses the timeless wisdom of Martin Luther King into an intriguing narrative that takes readers on a roller coaster of emotion while they learn about a time when a group of courageous young people quietly said 'Enough!" and stood up for what they believed in.
Through Angel's Eyes is the fictional account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama as told by 13 year old Angel Dunbar. Angel really looks up to her older brother, Jimmy. He becomes active in the civil rights movement and Angel wants to get involved as well. They follow the peaceful movement led by Martin Luther King. However, Angel starts to fall for a boy, Ronny, in her class who she finds out is in the black power moment. With two opposing points of view on how to gain civil rights, can they come together?
The civil rights movement and the 60's is another time period I can't seem to get enough of. Through Angel's Eyes was written for young adults but as an middle aged adult, I found it quite powerful. At first I had a bit of trouble with the authentic southern dialect, Steve Theunissen used. However, it was necessary for the continuity of the novel and to stay true to the location.
The character jump out off of the page and into the readers imagination. The book debates the issue of black power and civil rights in a way for the reader to understand the difference between the two movements and the story flows beautifully.
I highly recommend Through Angel's Eyes to both adults and young adults.
About Steve Theunissen:
Steve Theunissen is a 47-year-old middle school teacher who lives in Tauranga, New Zealand. Steve combined his passion for fitness with his love of writing as he forged a career as a freelance fitness writer. From there he branched out to produce books about his next great passion – U.S. history. Through Angel’s Eyes, Steve’s first novel, draws upon his life-long study of the Civil Rights movement.
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