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Review of Love from A to Z

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali High School    Salaam/Simon    342 pp. 4/19    978-1-5344-4272-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4274-0    $10.99 Zayneb, a Muslim American high school senior, leaves for spring break in Doha, Qatar, a week early when she is suspended for a note she wrote in class about her Islamophobic history...

Review of Black Is a Rainbow Color

Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 1/20    978-1-62672-631-4    $17.99 A young girl sits on her stoop contemplating the colors of the rainbow, then notes, “But my color is black…and there’s no black in rainbows.” There is, however, black in...

Review of Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    193 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-3828-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3830-8    $10.99 Ten blocks. Ten stories. Lots of middle-school kids doing many different things after school. Jasmine and TJ walk home together, wondering what they’re made of—dust...

The Bell Rang

Any time I have heard an African American person speak of learning about slavery as a child, the memory entails some degree of shame. In his memoir Bad Boy, Walter Dean Myers wrote about feeling, as a child looking at his textbook’s shallow treatment of slavery, that somehow those people...

Review of The Bridge Home audiobook

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman; read by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 1/19    4 CDs    4.55 hrs.    978-1-9848-4509-2    $38.00 Venkatraman’s memorable middle-grade and middle-school novel follows homeless children trying to survive on the streets of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India. In this excellent audio...

Review of The Phantom Tollbooth audiobook

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; read by Rainn Wilson Intermediate    Listening Library 4 CDs    4.68 hrs.    978-1-9848-8703-0    $20.00 Juster’s classic tale about a bored boy named Milo who finds adventure and fodder for the mind in the Lands Beyond gets new attention in this audio production read by actor...

Review of Other Words for Home

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga Intermediate, Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    342 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-274780-8    $16.99    e-book ed.  978-0-06-274782-2    $8.99 Warga’s (My Heart and Other Black Holes, rev. 1/15) latest book is a middle-grade and middle-school novel written in free verse and narrated by a Syrian girl named...

Review of Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Championby Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. JamesPrimary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    40 pp.    g2/19    978-1-5124-9808-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5145-4180-1    $18.99Nelson (Bad News for Outlaws, rev. 11/09) returns to the Old West for this engrossing picture-book biography of African American cowboy and bronc buster George...

Seeing Into Tomorrow

Seeing Into Tomorrow is a marriage of two unique talents of different eras: the text is by Richard Wright, author of Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945); the art is by Nina Crews, known for her picture books pairing texts with photographic collage and featuring diverse children. In this latest work, Crews has...

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