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Review of Ways to Make Sunshine

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson; illus. by Nina Mata Intermediate    Bloomsbury    178 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-5476-0056-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0057-1    $11.89 African American fourth grader Ryan Hart approaches challenges in her life with bravery, common sense, and humor. When the house her family rents is sold and her...

Review of By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary    Atheneum    48 pp. 1/20    978-1-5344-2636-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2637-5    $10.99 Born to a free mother in 1851 Maryland, Charles Albert Tindley was technically considered free. However, the law didn’t protect...

Review of Girl Gone Viral audiobook

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi; read by Jorjeana Marie High School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/19 9 CDs    10.4 hrs.    978-1-9848-8588-3    $65.00 High school coding genius Opal Hopper is looking to promote the hottest social media star in virtual reality in order to win a contest that will allow her...

Review of Best Babysitters Ever audiobook

Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala; read by Bahni Turpin, Sophie Amoss, and Almarie Guerra Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.95 hrs.    978-0-5255-2413-7    $45.00 Determined to throw the best joint thirteenth birthday party ever, best friends Malia (the M is silent), Bree, and Dot are in...

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...

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