Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger

112p. bibliog. notes. photos. Clarion. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780547330129.
Gr 5–7—Silvey traces the influences and happenings that would take Pete Seeger, born to classical musician parents, from a place of wealth down to the union halls, small towns, and never-ending crusade against injustice. Seeger is shown learning from the likes of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie and coming to understand economic inequality, workers' rights, and civil rights. To bring the message of folk music and peace to a greater audience became Seeger's—and by extension this book's—quest. Through personal interviews, as well as primary source materials, Silvey creates a flowing biography for the middle school audience. She succeeds in portraying the strength of the singer's convictions, even in the face of adversity, which included a 10-year persecution by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Each chapter begins with a verse from Seeger's repertoire of music—some original and others renditions of traditional songs.
VERDICT The subject is presented in such a way that readers will feel close to Seeger and be inspired to pursue more information on him and the causes he fought for.

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