Loving vs. Virginia

January 2017 (Chronicle Books)

Loving vs. Virginia book cover


Junior Library Guild Selection 2017

2017 Winter Okra Picks  from Southern Independent Book Stores (SIBA)

Winter Kids’ Indie Next List Pick (click on “Teen Readers”)

Virtual Programs

“Loving Vs. Virginia” virtual program live at the Library of Congress, Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 AM EDT


“fine dramatic storytelling”

Booklist 11/15/2016 Starred Review Starred Review

“A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal”

Kirkus Review 11/14/16 Starred Review Starred Review

“well-researched novel-in-verse…excellent starter book…Civil Rights Movement…”

Publishers Weekly 11/14/16

“Filled with small, quietly eloquent moments and honest emotion…this documentary novel brings the past to life.”

School Library Journal 2/14/17

“Interviews Powell conducted with family and friends of the Lovings add an impressive level of detail, and vivid depiction of the social environment is accomplished through ample primary source material…”

The Horn Book 1/24/17

“…emotionally powerful verse novel LOVING VS. VIRGINIA is a satisfying true love story, in which equality and Constitutional rights triumph over prejudice and hate…”

— Richie’s Picks

“…can’t think of a time when we have needed a profound book like this more than we do now.”

The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children’s Literature

“…poignant and personal…”

— Reading Style Guide 11/28/16

“A challenging, poignant read about an important civil rights case.”

— Foreword Reviews 12/12/16

“…powerful story…”

— Chicago Tribune 12/30/16

“The heartfelt novel describes the sadness, fear and prejudice that invaded their lives…”

—Book Page

Roundup of new children’s books

San Francisco Chronicle

Children’s book review: Historical tale engages reader through verse

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“…award-winning Ms. Powell’s conversational style is both natural and dramatic, and she completely won me over.”

Historical Novel Society

“This book would be a great resource for classrooms.”

Sense and Sensibility and Stories Blog 1/6/17

“compelling and heartrending”

Common Sense Media

“Accessible, relatable, and compelling, this book makes an important piece of history come alive.”

Kathy MacMillan

“With its still timely message of civil rights, equality and racial tolerance, Loving vs. Virginia should be required reading for every high school student.”

Good Reads With Ronna

“Timely and timeless, ‘Loving vs. Virginia’ is a book that can be used in reader’s theater, as a springboard for discussion, and appreciated as lovely poetry and illustration. Take time to look for this one.”


“Hruby Powell and Strickland bring the Loving’s struggle and victory to life.”

The News-Gazette

“a welcome addition…. The two perspectives allow the reader to better understand how both Richard and Mildred processed the events as they unfolded, and gives us some insight into what they thought and how they felt. “

A Teaching Life

“Ojo and Andrews are such wonderful actors that listeners quickly come to care personally about the two protagonists in the audio edition of Powell’s historical YA novel about Mildred and Richard Loving …”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Everyone needs to read this true story, especially people who didn’t live in a time when mixed marriages were illegal in most states. Excellent writing, great illustrations, informative reprints of history.

“I read this in one day and hated to put it down at meal times.

“Be sure to read this book yourself.”

Creative Loafing June 14, 2017


A Close Reading Example Featuring Passages from Loving vs. Virginia


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African American Literature Book Club Best Seller List

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Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Romances of 2017

Tayshas Top Ten 2018 – Texas High School Reading List

King County, Washington Best Teen Books of 2017

Nerdy Book Club Best Poetry and Novels-in-Verse List 2017

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SLJ previews Loving vs. Virginia

Nonfiction Picture book Challenge: Text Set for Loving Vs. Virginia

Library of Congress event 5/3/17

A Landmark Occasion


“…be reminded of what freedom means.”

Loving Justice: YA Author Puts Readers Inside Fight For Interracial Marriage

Loving Vs. Virginia: An Interview With Patricia Hruby Powell

The Childrens Book Review

Q&A with Patricia Hruby Powell

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Coffee & Conversation with Patricia Hruby Powell: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

As the Eraser Burns

Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland: All The Wonders, Episode 322

All The Wonders

Mackin Books in Bloom, with Patricia, illustrator Shadra Strickland and editor Melissa Manlove

Mackin Books in Bloom

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Author of the Month Patricia Hruby Powell

School Library Connection