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Review of A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Troubleby Lisa Moore RaméeMiddle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    368 pp.    g3/19    978-0-06-283668-7    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-283670-0    $9.99Shayla’s goals for her first year of junior high are simple. Attract the attention of the cute guy. Avoid the class bully. Don’t make waves. Stay close to her two best...

Review of Let the Children March

Let the Children Marchby Monica Clark-Robinson; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary     Houghton     40 pp.     g1/18     978-0-544-70452-7     $16.99For nearly a week in racially charged 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, hundreds of young people under the age of eighteen joined the Children’s Crusade and were harassed, beaten, and thrown in jail for their nonviolent protests...

Review of Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the Worldby Ilene CooperIntermediate, Middle School    Abrams    184 pp.8/18    978-1-4197-2295-0    $17.99Our country has a long history of citizens who have fought for social change — among them, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This chronological account...

Review of My Hair Is a Garden

My Hair Is a Gardenby Cozbi A. Cabrera; illus. by the authorPrimary    Whitman    32 pp.    g4/18    978-0-8075-0923-4    $16.99MacKenzie, teased yet again for her “always a mess” hair, turns to neighbor Miss Tillie for help. (Her mother — 
presumably the woman with lighter skin and hair shown in one illustration —...

Review of A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919by Claire HartfieldMiddle School, High School    Clarion    196 pp.    g1/18    978-0-544-78513-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-69904-6    $9.99This readable, compelling history explores the longstanding and deeply rooted causes of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, which left thirty-eight people dead and 537 wounded (two-thirds of...

Review of Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Togetherby Renée WatsonMiddle School, High School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.2/17    978-1-68119-105-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-106-5    $12.99At her mother’s prodding, Jade has spent her high school career preparing herself for success. That has included taking every opportunity offered to her: a scholarship to the prestigious (and mostly white; Jade is African...

Review of Patina

Patina [Track]by Jason ReynoldsIntermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    234 pp.8/17    978-1-4814-5018-8    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5020-1    $10.99Back for the second leg of the Track series relay, the Defenders team has passed the baton to title character Patina, nicknamed Patty. First introduced to readers in Ghost (rev. 11/16), Patty has been forced to grow...

Review of It All Comes Down to This

It All Comes Down to Thisby Karen EnglishIntermediate, Middle School    Clarion    368 pp.    g7/17    978-0-544-83957-1    $16.99The daughter of an art gallery–owning mother and a lawyer father, twelve-year-old Sophie has advantages most children her age do not. However, the summer of 1965 in Los Angeles brings challenges no amount of money...

Review of Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!by Andrea J. Loney; illus. by Keith MallettPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g6/17    978-1-62014-260-8    $19.95One of the most memorable visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance was photographer James VanDerZee. In a picture-book biography that follows VanDerZee from his childhood interest in photography to...

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