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Review of Islandborn

Islandbornby Junot Díaz; illus. by Leo EspinosaPrimary Dial 48 pp.3/18 978-0-7352-2986-0 $17.99Spanish ed. 978-0-525-55281-9 $17.99Lola’s school, in an unnamed U.S. city, is full of immigrants like her. For homework one day, Ms. Obi tasks her young students with drawing “a picture of the country you are originally from.” Lola has...
      

Review of The Penderwicks at Last

The Penderwicks at Lastby Jeanne BirdsallIntermediate    Knopf    294 pp.5/18    978-0-385-75566-5    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-385-75567-2    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-385-75568-9    $10.99The Penderwick series finale (most recently The Penderwicks in Spring, rev. 3/15) is a summertime reverie set at the real-but-still-magical-seeming Arundel estate where it all began fifteen years before. Preparations are underway to celebrate...
      

Review of Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some Truthby Eric Gansworth; illus. by the authorHigh School    Levine/Scholastic    432 pp.    g5/18    978-1-338-14354-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-14355-3    $11.99Seventeen-year-old Carson Mastick has lived his whole life on the reservation, while fifteen-year-old Maggi (short for Magpie) Bokoni had been living in the city since she was eight and has only...
      

Review of New Shoes

New Shoesby Chris Raschka; illus. by the authorPreschool    Greenwillow    32 pp.5/18    978-0-06-265752-7    $17.99Children are often reminded to look up, not down at their feet while walking. Not so in this picture book that celebrates preschoolers’ close connection to the ground. Raschka illustrates the book from the perspective of a child...
      

In Memoriam: Remembering Julius Lester

Julius Lester and Richard Michelson. Photo: Seth KayeWhen I contacted Julius Lester (1939–2018) in 2014 to ask if he would join us at my gallery to accept the seventh annual Reader to Reader Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, he said he was pleased to be celebrated and would...
      

Review of The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soarby Margarita Engle; 

illus. by Sara PalaciosPrimary    Atheneum    40 pp.3/18    978-1-4814-4502-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4503-0    $10.99In this slightly fictionalized account (with brief invented dialogue) Engle and Palacios introduce readers to Aída de Acosta (1884–1962), who defied the sexist attitudes of her era...
      

Review of I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Wayby Gayle FormanHigh School    Viking    258 pp.    g3/18    978-0-425-29077-4    $18.99A chance meeting leads to intimate connections for three struggling nineteen-year-olds in Forman’s (If I Stay, rev. 7/09; I Was Here, rev. 1/15) latest novel. Freya is an up-and-coming singer who has lost her voice, to her...
      

“To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful”: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book

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Heretofore the education of the Negro child has been too much in terms of white people. All through school life his text-books contain much about white people and little or nothing about his own race. All the pictures he sees are of white people. Most of the books he reads...
      

Review of Goldfish on Vacation

Goldfish on Vacationby Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by Leo EspinosaPrimary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g4/18    978-0-385-38611-1    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-385-38612-8    $20.99Three city-dwelling siblings, goldfish owners, feel sad for the derelict, once-magnificent fountain at the end of their street. Then a sign appears on the fountain: “COMING IN TWO WEEKS! CALLING ALL...
      

Review of Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cottenby Laura Veirs; illus. by Tatyana FazlalizadehPrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.1/18    978-1-4521-4857-1    $17.99In this picture-book biography of folk musician Elizabeth Cotten (1893–1987), a straightforward narrative describes her modest upbringing in rural North Carolina, where “Libba” taught herself to play her brother’s right-handed guitar despite...

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