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Review of Take Back the Block

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles Intermediate, Middle School    Random    240 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-593-17517-0    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17518-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17519-4    $9.99 The most important things on Wes Henderson’s mind this summer are hanging out with his friends, having the newest, freshest sneakers, and preparing for...

Review of Muted

Muted  by Tami Charles  High School    Scholastic    400 pp.    g  2/21    978-1-338-67352-4    $18.99  e-book ed.  978-1-338-67353-1    $11.99  This timely and lyrical verse novel offers a heart-wrenching, unflinching look at the underbelly of the music industry and its exploitation of those who dream of making it big. Three best friends, all talented...

Review of Hide and Seeker

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    320 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-338-58362-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-58364-9    $10.99 Zee had been missing for over a year. Now he’s back, but something is not right. From the moment Justin, Lyric, and Nia arrive at Zee’s house to celebrate his...

Review of Love Is a Revolution

Love Is a Revolution by Renée Watson High School    Bloomsbury    400 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5476-0060-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0061-9    $13.29 All Nala has on her summer agenda is to pick a new hairstyle, spend time with her “cousin-sister-friend” Imani, and find love. Nala is not very inspired by Imani’s activism...

Review of Maya and the Rising Dark

Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    304 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-328-63518-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-10622-7    $9.99 Twelve-year-old Maya is seeing things, or so she thinks, as weird creatures start appearing in her Chicago neighborhood. Add to that her dreams about a scary shadow-man, and...

Review of This Is My America

This Is My America by Kim Johnson High School    Random    416 pp.    g 7/20    978-0-593-11876-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-11877-1    $20.00 e-book ed.  978-0-593-11878-8    $10.99 Tracy is running out of time. It’s been seven years since her father was wrongly convicted of a double murder. Every week, Tracy writes to Innocence...

An Interview with MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson

On October 19, 2020, Horn Book executive editor Elissa Gershowitz and Horn Book reviewers and contributors Monique Harris, Nicholl Denice Montgomery, and Dr. Kim Parker had a phone conversation with newly named MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson. Huge thanks to Moné Dixon, assistant to Jacqueline Woodson, and Edelman representative Amaya Starkey, for the...

Review of Something to Say

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée; illus. by Bre Indigo Intermediate, Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    373 pp.    g 7/20    978-0-06-283671-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-283673-1    $9.99 Janae is a loner and plans to keep it that way in middle school, that is, until she meets outgoing, audacious Aubrey, who...

Review of Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    195 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-593-12136-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12137-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12138-2    $9.99 Isaiah Dunn is not your typical hero. Heroes usually win, but Isaiah seems to experience a lot of losses: losing his father on...

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