Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

Port Chicago 50Summary:  Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

Roaring Brook

Find it at WCPL


2 thoughts on “The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

  1. Sheinkin has again created a great story out of an event that I knew nothing about. All in all, this is an excellent effort, but I do not think it carries enough weight to be our winner. However, others may feel differently. Has great qualities: characters that we care about, rising tension, good historical context.

  2. The Port Chicago 50 tells a inspiring story about the struggles and persecution African Americans went through during WWll.
    I loved learning about the events that went on behind the scenes during that time period and learned a lot about segregation, mutiny and the Navy.
    However, it was very repetitive. I spent half the book reading about accounts where Blacks were abused. I felt I was reading the same pages over and over. It seemed there wasn’t any plot, or a great climax and also took me most of the book to find who the main character was.
    Overall, the writing style was choppy and not well constructed.I would recommend this book to kids 12 and up (due to foul language) looking for historical information about segregation during WWll. Newbery quality? No.

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