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Review of Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singhby Uma KrishnaswamiIntermediate    Tu/Lee & Low    276 pp.    g5/17    978-1-60060-261-0    $16.95“Don’t let it stop you, honey. Don’t you let nothing stop you. Promise me.” In World War II California, women like protagonist Maria’s beloved auntie, Tía Manuela, are working in factories, and in elementary...

Review of Hello, Universe

Hello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...

Review of City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints & Thievesby Natalie C. AndersonHigh School    Putnam    409 pp.1/17    978-0-39954-758-4    $18.99    gAfter her mother was murdered in cold blood by Roland Greyhill, a white mining tycoon and the father of Tina’s half-sister Kiki, Tina made a run for it. She deposited Kiki...

Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color

If I look back at my childhood in the nineties, I can tie my preferences for types of play very closely to the types of books I liked to read. Beyond swimming and riding my bicycle, I was an indoor kid who, though I had plenty of friends, was happiest...

Review of Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Squareby Carole Boston Weatherford; 
illus. by R. Gregory ChristiePrimary, Intermediate    Little Bee    40 pp.1/16    978-1-4998-0103-3    $17.99    gIn historic Louisiana, enslaved Africans were provided a half-day of rest each Sunday, and in New Orleans their official and legal gathering place was Congo Square. With two spare couplets for...

Five questions for Tanita S. Davis

Photo: David T. Macknet.Coretta Scott King Author Award honoree (for Mare's War in 2010; Knopf, 13–16 years) Tanita S. Davis's fourth novel, Peas and Carrots (Knopf, 13–16 years), is told through the alternating perspectives of prickly Dess, whose mother is in jail, and privileged Hope, whose family has fostered Dess's...

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