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Review of Survive the Dome

Survive the Dome by Kosoko JacksonHigh School    Sourcebooks    352 pp.  g3/22    978-1-7282-3908-8    $18.99In this thriller set in an implied near-future, aspiring teen photojournalist Jamal (who is Black and gay) brings his camera to a protest in Baltimore following a police officer’s acquittal in the shooting death of a Black man....

Review of Freewater

Freewater by Amina Luqman-DawsonIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A lesser-known fact is that from...

Review of Moonwalking

Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-LachmannMiddle School    Farrar    224 pp.    g4/22    978-0-374-31437-8    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-31438-5    $9.99Through alternating first-person accounts, and with varied poetic styles, Elliott (A Place Inside of Me, rev. 11/20) and Miller-Lachmann (Rogue, rev. 9/13) present a thoughtfully structured and sensitively rendered verse novel set in early-1980s...

Review of In the Key of Us

In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington Middle School    Farrar    368 pp.    g 4/22    978-0-374-31410-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31412-5    $9.99 Thirteen-year-old Andi Byrd is a talented trumpeter, constantly encouraged by her supportive mother. After her mother dies and she is sent to live with relatives, Andi finds it...

Review of Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon Middle School, High School    Candlewick    390 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5362-1418-5    $24.99 In October 1966, in Oakland, California, Black college students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale began to organize in reaction to rising police brutality in...

Review of Being Clem

Being Clem [Finding Langston] by Lesa Cline-Ransome Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    256 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-8234-4604-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4896-8    $10.99 In the final installment of the trilogy (Finding Langston, rev. 9/18; Leaving Lymon, rev. 3/20), we are (re)introduced to Chicago-born Clemson Thurber Junior. Too young to remember his father,...

Review of Serena Says

Serena Says by Tanita S. Davis Intermediate, Middle School    Tegen/HarperCollins    272 pp.    g 11/20    978-0-06-293697-4    $16.99 Serena St. John is her sixth-grade class ambassador and an aspiring vlogger, under the moniker Serena Says. Although she’s never actually posted any of the videos she makes, Serena is sure it’s great practice...

Review of Turning Point

Turning Point by Paula Chase Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    384 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-06-296566-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-296568-4    $7.99 The crew from the Cove (So Done, rev. 7/18; Dough Boys, rev. 7/19) is back, and best friends Rasheeda “Sheeda” Tate and Monique “Mo” Jenkins are the featured duo this go-round....

Review of Ways to Grow Love

Ways to Grow Love [Ryan Hart] by Renée Watson; illus. by Nina Mata Intermediate    Bloomsbury    192 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5476-0058-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0059-5    $11.89 Ryan Hart (Ways to Make Sunshine, rev. 3/20) is back, now a rising fifth grader and ready for summer adventures. Despite obstacles — her father...

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