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Larry Dane Brimner


Larry Dane Brimner

Although born in Florida, Larry Dane Brimner spent his early childhood exploring Alaska's Kodiak Island. He traces his love of reading to that time in his life. Since there was no television reception and only sporadic radio reception, entertainment came in the form of books and stories. Reading and making up stories was a part of day-to-day family life. Raised in a traditional Southern family--his parents hail from Birmingham, Alabama--telling falsehoods was frowned upon but embellishment was encouraged. Larry experienced his first writing successes--mostly in the genre of poetry--while still an undergraduate in college, but he began to focus on writing for young people during his twenty-year teaching career and is now a full-time writer and author of more than 150 books for readers of all ages.

Larry Dane Brimner

Books by Larry Dane Brimner

by Larry Dane Brimner - Crime, Law, Movies, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+
World War II is over, but tensions between the communist Soviet Union and the US are at an all-time high. The House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities is formed in the nation's capital to investigate communist threats. Larry Dane Brimner follows the story of 19 men from the film industry who are summoned to appear before this committee. When the first 10 of these men refuse to give the committee the simple answers it wants, they are cited for contempt of Congress and blacklisted.
by Larry Dane Brimner - African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 12+

On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South. The Ride would last twelve days. Despite the fact that segregation on buses crossing state lines was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1946, and segregation in interstate transportation facilities was ruled unconstitutional in 1960, these rulings were routinely ignored in the South. The thirteen Freedom Riders intended to test the laws and draw attention to the lack of enforcement with their peaceful protest. 

by Larry Dane Brimner - History

In the 1950s and early 60s, Birmingham, Alabama became known as Bombingham. At the center of this violent time in the fight for civil rights, and standing at opposite ends, were Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor. Author Larry Dane Brimner first covers each man's life and then brings them together to show how their confrontation brought about significant change to the southern city.