BLOOD BROTHER: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights

Release Date: September 13, 2016


  • An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book ALA Notable Seal
  • 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 Bank Street Logo
  • Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
  • NCSS CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Official nominee YALSA Seal
  • 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

Responding to a call from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., seminarian Jonathan Daniels traveled south to Selma, Alabama, to work for voting rights. After five months on the front lines of the civil rights movement, Daniels was murdered in cold blood while saving the life of a black teenager. King called Jonathan’s sacrifice “one of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry and career for civil rights.” BLOOD BROTHER examines Jonathan’s life from his childhood in New Hampshire through his tumultuous college years and his bold entry into the realm of social justice.

By Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace

WMUR Granite Saint

ABCTV: Jonathan Daniels/BLOOD BROTHER feature on New Hampshire Chronicle.

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

NHPR: Blood Brother radio interview

America needs to hear this story.

-- NAACP President Cornell William Brooks

POWERFUL. . . . An unusually inspiring story skillfully told.

-- Kirkus Reviews [starred]

A masterly demonstration of scholarly research and nonfiction writing. . . . Visually stunning and morally significant.

-- SLJ

RIVETING. . . . A thoroughly researched, meticulously documented biography.

-- Booklist [starred]