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Review of Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson; with lyrics by Malik “Malik-16” Sharif High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    380 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-284032-5    $17.99    e-book ed.  978-0-06-284034-9    $9.99 It’s 1998, and hip-hop reigns supreme on the music charts and in the streets of Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the violence plaguing the community claims...

Field Notes: A Family Affair: Connecting Community to Books

On a rainy day in July 2017, a group of teachers, librarians, and community activists gathered at Frugal Bookstore, Boston’s only Black-owned bookstore, to participate in a discussion of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (which would go on to be named a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor...

Review of Monday's Not Coming

Monday’s Not Comingby Tiffany D. JacksonMiddle School, High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    440 pp.5/18    978-0-06-242267-5    $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-06-242269-9    $9.99It’s the end of the summer before eighth grade, and Claudia can’t wait to see her best friend, Monday. When she doesn’t hear from Monday in the days leading up to school, Claudia is...

Review of The Bell Rang

The Bell Rangby James E. Ransome; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate     Dlouhy/Atheneum     40 pp.1/19     978-1-4424-2113-4     $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-4814-7671-3     $10.99“The bell rings, / and no sun in the sky. / Daddy gathers wood. / Mama cooks. / We eat.” Ransome paints a heartbreaking picture of an enslaved family existing within the...

Review of Harbor Me

Harbor Meby Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate     Paulsen/Penguin     179 pp.     g8/18     978-0-399-25252-5     $17.99One day, Ms. Laverne gathers her small class of fifth and sixth graders and walks them over to the old art room, where she invites them to talk to one another — without her. Every Friday at two o’clock,...

Thank You, Omu!

We sometimes think of collage as an art form that we learned in elementary school — cut or torn pieces of paper, pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc., all pasted together to convey a message or paint a picture. Few of us have ever used collage to tell an entire story,...

Review of The Season of Styx Malone

The Season of Styx Maloneby Kekla MagoonIntermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    298 pp.    g10/18    978-1-5247-1595-3    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-1596-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1597-7    $10.99It’s summertime, and the living is easy. At least it was before narrator Caleb and his older brother Bobby Gene make a bad deal with their nemesis, Cory, leading to...

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