Blood Brother

Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights

In this astonishing story of allyship and the first white civil rights worker in Alabama’s bloodiest county, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace weave a heart-pounding portrait of the danger Daniels faced, teenager Ruby Sales--whose life he saved--and how Daniels’ 1965 murder changed southern justice.

  • An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book

  • Int'l Literacy Association Social Justice Literature Award

  • Parents' Choice Gold Award

  • Booklist Editors' Choice Award

  • Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth

  • A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

  • Paterson Prize for Books for Young People

  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books

  • NCSS CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Official nominee

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • The Kirkus Prize 2016 nominee, Young Readers

  • California Reading Association, EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Book

  • Nonfiction Detectives Best Books of 2016

  • Nerdy Book Club Nerdies Winner, Long Form Nonfiction

  • (Cybils) Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Award Finalist, Young Adult Nonfiction

  • Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Book

Star iconPOWERFUL... An unusually inspiring story, skillfully told.Kirkus (starred review)
Star iconRIVETING ...a thoroughly researched, meticulously documented biography.Booklist (starred review)
This well-told tale of Jonathan Daniels—one of the most courageous figures of an earlier civil rights movement—comes at a generational moment when America needs to hear this story.Cornell William Brooks, past president, NAACP
Everyone, young and old, should read this book and find a trace of themselves in the life of Jonathan Daniels. His story reminds us that we can all be heroes.Sy Montgomery, National Book Award finalist and Sibert Medal winner
One of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry and career for civil rights was performed by Jonathan Daniels.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jonathan Daniels has been an important figure in my life—his sacrifice and his work. His extraordinary heroism and commitment to realizing equality in practice, not just in law, remind us to light a candle in the darkness and say we are not going to give up; we’re going to do something.Ken Burns, filmmaker
Jonathan Daniels was inspired to get in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble. He wanted to do something about making things right.John Lewis, U.S. Congress