Behind the Book: The Monkey Trial by Anita Sanchez

Almost 100 years ago, on July 21, 1925, The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes trial also known as The Scopes Monkey Trial came to an end. The trial, as well as the accompanying media circus, challenged Americans' view of the United States educational system in ways that can still be felt today. The Monkey Trial by Anita Sanchez is a compelling and insightful look at this historical event, made accessible to middle grade readers.

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Praise for The Monkey Trial

“With cogence aplenty for current national issues, Sanchez expertly sifts a mountain of documentary evidence to present a coherent account of the event [that is] perceptive, well written and reasoned, and as topical as ever.”
  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A lively, solidly researched tale that delivers enduring truths about the lure of controversy.”
  — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Compelling and important.”
  — School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Anita Sanchez is the author of many books for children, including Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch, Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature's Other Decomposers, and Hello, Puddle!. Visit Anita online at