Pauletta Brown Bracy

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Review of The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    128 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-593-12161-0    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12162-7    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12163-4    $9.99 In the African American community, parents and caregivers engage their children in conversations aimed at helping...

Review of Freedom Bird

Freedom Bird by Jerdine Nolen; illus. by James E. Ransome Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp. 1/20    978-0-689-87167-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-0222-4    $10.99 Nolen presents an original story about flight and freedom — the former an enduring motif, the latter a recurrent theme, in African American folklore. Millicent and John worked alongside...

Review of King and the Dragonflies

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-338-12933-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-12935-9    $10.99 In their second middle-grade novel (Hurricane Child, rev. 5/18), set in contemporary small-town Louisiana, Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism, sexuality, and coming-of-age. Twelve-year-old...

2019 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Pauletta Brown Bracy

Good Coretta-Scott-King-Book-Awards-Breakfast-Sunday morning! I stand before you as the fifth recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement in the category of practitioner and in the company of the distinguished colleagues who have come before me: Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith, Demetria Tucker, Deborah D. Taylor, and Dr....

Review of Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoriaby Tonya BoldenMiddle School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.    g1/19    978-1-68119-807-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-808-8    $12.59Set during the post-Reconstruction era, this novel offers an intriguing view of nineteenth-century African American upper-echelon society. Fourteen-year-old Essie longs to escape her miserable life in Savannah, Georgia, where her mother earns her living as a prostitute....

Review of Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story

Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Storyby Rita Lorraine Hubbard; illus. by John HolyfieldPrimary    Lee & Low    32 pp.    g9/18    978-1-60060-969-5    $17.95William “Bill” Lewis (1810?–1896) was born into slavery in Tennessee on a plantation owned by Colonel Lewis. As a boy toiling alongside his mother, aunt, and siblings in the...

Review of A Sky Full of Stars

A Sky Full of Starsby Linda Williams JacksonMiddle School    Houghton    307 pp.    g1/18    978-0-544-80065-6    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-82907-8    $16.99In this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon (rev. 1/17), thirteen-year-old Rosa Lee Carter, part of a struggling sharecropper family in segregated mid-1950s Mississippi, continues her search for self. In the first book,...

Review of One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissanceby Nikki Grimes; illus. by various artistsIntermediate, Middle School, High School   Bloomsbury   120 pp.1/17    978-1-61963-554-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-61963-555-5    $12.99The vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance is illuminated in Grimes’s provocative poetry collection. In a tribute to the great poets of the...

Review of Midnight Without a Moon

Midnight Without a Moonby Linda Williams JacksonMiddle School    Houghton    310 pp.1/17    978-0-544-78510-6    $16.99    gIn the summer of 1955, thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter chafes at the daily drudgery of life in rural Mississippi. Rose, who lives with her sharecropper grandparents, suffers from low self-esteem fostered by her despotic grandmother, who incessantly...

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