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Review of All You Have to Do

All You Have to Do by Autumn Allen; lyrics by Kahlil AkNahlej AllenHigh School    Kokila/Penguin    432 pp.8/23    9780593619049    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593619056    $10.99Alternating first-person accounts tell the intrinsically linked stories of Gibran in 1995 and his uncle Kevin in 1968. When Gibran, one of the few Black students in his Massachusetts...

Review of Harlem at Four

Harlem at Four by Michael Datcher; illus. by Frank MorrisonPreschool, Primary    Random House Studio/Random    48 pp.9/23    9780593429334    $18.99Library ed.  9780593429341    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593429358    $10.99Datcher divides his narrative into two parts. First is a Black father’s loving tribute to his daughter, four-year-old Harlem. Championed by her father for her “Malcolm X...

Review of Kin: Rooted in Hope

Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Jeffery Boston WeatherfordIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    208 pp.9/23    9781665913621    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913645    $10.99From a single photograph and sparse information to a fully realized lineage of excellence, an African American author, with dramatic illustrations by her son, traces their family’s roots....

Review of Hello, Mister Blue

Hello, Mister Blue by Daria Peoples; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp.5/23    9780063206755    $19.99A young Black girl cherishes her time with her papa. They have their routine; and “after breakfast, [they] make music.” One day, they are joined by Mister Blue. Papa explains that he and Mister Blue...

Review of Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis

Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis by Melvina Noel; illus. by Cozbi A. CabreraPrimary    Cameron/Abrams    32 pp.4/23    9781951836399    $18.99Chef Edna Lewis (1916–2006) brought Southern cooking to the forefront of American cuisine. Growing up in Freetown, Virginia, a place founded by her grandfather and other formerly enslaved people, Edna...

Review of Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie ThomasIntermediate    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    368 pp.4/23    9780063225138    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063225152    $12.99Acclaimed for her young adult realistic fiction, Thomas (The Hate U Give, rev. 3/17) has taken on a new venture with this middle-grade fantasy. It’s Nichole “Nic” Blake’s twelfth birthday,...

Review of Sincerely Sicily

Sincerely Sicily by Tamika BurgessIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    304 pp.1/23    9780063159600    $17.99e-book ed.  9780063159624    $8.99Sicily Jordan had been excited about starting sixth grade with her friend group, the “Tether Squad” (including coordinated “outfits for almost the entire first month”). A last-minute redistricting plan means she has to transfer to Shirley...

Review of We Deserve Monuments

We Deserve Monuments by Jas HammondsHigh School    Roaring Brook    384 pp.11/22    9781250816559    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250816566    $10.99Seventeen-year-old Avery is convinced her family has made a huge mistake in moving from Washington, DC, to Bardell County, Georgia. Biracial and queer, Avery is not sure how she will be received in her mother’s...

Review of To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights

To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights by Angela Dalton; illus. by Lauren Semmer Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 1/23    9780063073210    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780063292796    $12.99 During the struggles of the civil rights movement, one weekly image on ­America’s television screens was seen as a...

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