HECTOR
A BOY, A PROTEST, AND THE PHOTOGRAPH THAT CHANGED APARTHEID
Adrienne Wright
Synopsis
A Junior Library Guild Selection!

On June 16, 1976, 12 year old Hector Pieterson lost his life during a peaceful school protest in Soweto. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White government. The story’s events unfold from the perspectives of Hector, his sister, and the photographer who captured their photo in the chaos. This story gives voice to an ordinary boy and sheds light on events that helped lead to the end of apartheid.
About the Book
Author(s)
Adrienne Wright
Illustrator(s)
Adrienne Wright
Publisher
Page Street Publishing
Release Date
Jun 4, 2019
ISBN
9781624146916
Category
Picture Book
Comments
Laurel Neme
I'm looking forward to reading this story! It looks like you've taken a difficult topic and handled it beautifully.
Patricia Kreiser
Congratulations Adrienne! You've handled a sensitive topic beautifully. I am so glad that you are able to tell Hector's story.
Sonja E McGiboney
A very interesting, poignant idea for a book. I searched for the photograph, found it, and cried. I hope your book opens the conversation that will educate children about the world.
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From the Author
HECTOR is a graphic novel-style picture book for 8—12 year olds. The photograph that inspired me to make this book is included in TIME's 100 Photos: The Most Influential Images of All Time.

HECTOR received two *starred* reviews; from Kirkus Reviews and ALA's Booklist. With great thanks and credit to Page Street Kids publisher Kristen Nobles, editor Charlotte Wenger and designer Melia Parsloe.