Loving vs. Virginia
From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

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  • Shannon
    Feb 12, 2017


    A beautiful rendering of a beautiful story. (Also a sad reminder of the way faith can be twisted to justify our worst instincts as humans.) I am grateful Mildred and Richard fell in love all those years ago and I'm thankful to have read their story. ...

  • Jennifer Mangler
    Feb 7, 2017

    Jennifer Mangler

    The story of Mildred and Richard Loving is a powerful one that too few people know. This YA novel in verse does a good job of helping the reader to know these two quiet, simple people at the center of one of the most important civil rights cases of the 20th century. ...

  • Alison
    Feb 6, 2017


    I still can't wrap my brain around the fact that the Supreme Court ruled on this case LESS THAN TEN YEARS before I was born. Let alone the fact that 16 more states still had those laws on the books. ...

  • Stetson Steele
    Feb 4, 2017

    Stetson Steele

    Amazing book!! ...

  • Suzette Kunz
    Feb 3, 2017

    Suzette Kunz

    This is a free-verse novel told in alternating perspectives of the man and woman whose legal case changed miscegenation laws in Virginia and then later spread throughout the United States. It is listed as a documentary novel so it has a really neat layout and lots of pictures, legal do...

  • Christina Hanson
    Feb 1, 2017

    Christina Hanson

    Loving vs. Virginia is an eye-opening documentary novel about the struggles, sorrows, and successes of Richard and Mildred Loving. Before reading this book, I'm embarrassed to say I knew very little about this Civil Rights case. Beautifully written in free verse with amazing artwork an...

  • Melinda
    Feb 1, 2017


    I'm not sure what the verse format lends to the whole thing, but otherwise this is an accessible introduction to Mildred & Richard Loving's story - best suited, I think, to a junior high audience. The photos, artwork, and historical inserts do a great job of putting the story in co...

  • Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
    Jan 10, 2017

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.This book was a little different from what I thought. For one thing, I wasn't really sure whether it was historical fiction or nonfiction. The narrative is in verse and it's telling the story from the POVs of Richard a...

  • Stacey
    Jan 1, 2017


    Powerful nonfiction that feels like narrative and written like poetry about Richard and Millie Loving. The choice of format coupled with legislation pieces, poems, letters and speech excerpts, and ultimately black and white photography and illustrations sets the mood for the story. Mea...

  • Katie
    Dec 29, 2016


    3.5*The story of desegregation and the civil rights movement in the US told by focusing in particular on the case of Loving vs Virgina which declared laws preventing interracial marriages unconstitutional. The book itself tells the story of Mildred and Richard loving in verse and throu...