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Review of Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Workby Victoria OrtizMiddle School, High School    Clarion    184 pp.    g6/19    978-0-544-97364-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-63990-5    $9.99Since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a hero to many Americans for her progressive positions on cases involving free...

Review of The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

The Last Last-Day-of-Summerby Lamar Giles; illus. by Dapo AdeolaIntermediate, Middle School    Versify/Houghton    289 pp.    g4/19    978-1-328-46083-7    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-04721-6    $9.99African American cousins Otto and Sheed Alston are local legends in their small Virginia town, often featured in the Logan County Gazette for their daring exploits — getting rid of ghosts,...

The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

Perched on her rocking chair (brightly painted by her students with Alabama outsider artist Chris Clark), teacher Robin Smith would launch with glee and gusto into a beloved picture book, her second graders in a semicircle at her feet. Every day for 24 years she would read to her students...

Otis and Will Discover the Deep

I remember my father’s story of when, as a teenager on Staten Island, he built a diving apparatus — a diving helmet — to enable him to descend into watery depths and explore the world below. My father is gone now and with him the details of how he created it —...

Hawk Rising

If the flight of a hawk is poetry in motion, then this book is, too. Author Maria Gianferrari provides the poetry, and illustrator Brian Floca provides the hawk in motion. Parallel stories are at work here: Father Hawk hunts, while Mother Hawk stays with their chicks; a human girl, binoculars...

The View from Robin's Rocking Chair

Robin Smith, my wife, co-founded Calling Caldecott, and when she died last year, I knew that each fall would have me wondering which current picture books Robin would love most. The way I decide is to think of Robin’s rocking chair, painted in vivid reds and yellows and greens by...

Review of Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some Truthby Eric Gansworth; illus. by the authorHigh School    Levine/Scholastic    432 pp.    g5/18    978-1-338-14354-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-14355-3    $11.99Seventeen-year-old Carson Mastick has lived his whole life on the reservation, while fifteen-year-old Maggi (short for Magpie) Bokoni had been living in the city since she was eight and has only...

Review of March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nineby Melba Pattillo Beals; 

illus. by Frank MorrisonIntermediate, Middle School    Houghton    214 pp.1/18    978-1-328-88212-7    $16.99Beals, author of the adult memoir 
Warriors Don’t Cry, received the 
Congressional Gold Medal for her bravery in helping to integrate Central High School in 1957 as...

Review of This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with 
a Gold Star Father

This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with 
a Gold Star Fatherby Khizr Khan with Anne QuirkIntermediate, Middle School    Knopf    216 pp.10/17    978-1-5247-7091-4    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-7092-1    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-7093-8    $10.99This clearly written, straightforward study of the U.S. Constitution, written by Pakistan-born Khan (who spoke passionately at the 2016 Democratic National Convention...

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