History Comics: The Stonewall Riots

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History Comics: The Stonewall Riots
Author: Bongiovanni, Archie, Andrews, A.
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1969
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: The Stonewall Riots
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult
Format: Graphic Novel
Published: 2022

American History > Modern Age > LGBTQ+

Turn back the clock with History Comics! In this graphic novel, experience the Stonewall Riots firsthand and meet iconic activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Three teenagers―Natalia, Jax, and Rashad―are magically transported from their modern lives to the legendary Stonewall Inn in the summer of 1969. Escorted by Natalia's eccentric abuela (and her pet cockatiel, Rocky), the friends experience the police raid firsthand and are thrown into the infamous riots that made the struggle for LGBTQ rights front-page news.

Emily's Review

I'm a sucker for books that play with time. I also love when a story can teach me something. So I was excited to get my hands on this book. My oldest daughter and I have often lamented that there are no fiction books centered around the Stonewall Riots. It seems like such an important piece of LGBTQ history, yet no one is writing about it outside of a handful of non-fiction titles. So when I saw that this was a time travel story about a group of teens transported to the riot - we were both very excited.

My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. I wish we could have gone deeper into the story, but that isn't what this book is meant to be. It's a fantastic introduction to this moment in history, but it's only that, an introduction. I loved seeing the modern teens reacting to the time period, and realizing that the fight isn't over, even though it is safer today to be out.

At it's core, this book was about the importance of activism and why we must constantly fight for things that are important to us, even if it doesn't seem to be working, because the fight continues and what we do today can positively impact those fighting tomorrow.

Because the characters in the story are teenagers I would say this is a Young Adult book, but a younger reader - 10+ could definitely read it too. Because it's a graphic novel, the writing is very accessible.

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