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Review of I Am Ruby Bridges

I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges ; illus. by Nikkolas Smith Primary     Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp.       g9/22     978-1-338-75388-2     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-89321-2    $11.99 “When I grow up, my work will be precious, I will be a bridge.” Bridges, known for her brave work in desegregating a...

Review of The Door of No Return

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander Middle School    Little, Brown    397 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-316-44186-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-44206-0    $9.99 Alexander’s (The Crossover, rev. 5/14; The Undefeated, rev. 3/19) latest verse novel, the first in a projected trilogy, is historical fiction set in 1860, in an Asante Kingdom...

Review of Rust in the Root

Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland High School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    448 pp.         g9/22     978-0-06-303822-6     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-303824-0    $12.99 In an alternate 1937 in the wake of the Great Rust (a nationwide mystical event resulting in devastating economic consequences), the Roosevelt administration has ushered...

Review of I Feel Safe

I Feel Safe by David McPhail; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Holiday    32 pp.    g7/22    978-0-8234-5072-5    $17.99A young girl awakes to the sound of thunder and is afraid. Then, “My mother comes in to comfort me. And I feel safe.” So begins the calm problem-and-solution pattern of a family experiencing...

Review of Chester Keene Cracks the Code

Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla MagoonIntermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    304 pp.   g7/22    978-1-5247-1599-1    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-1600-4    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1601-1    $9.99Twelve-year-old Chester Keene is perfectly content to adhere to his regular routines, making sure he doesn’t worry his mother with his daily struggles (including an increasingly aggressive bully)...

Review of The Black Girls Left Standing

The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana GoodmanHigh School    Feiwel    336 pp.   g6/22    978-1-250-79281-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-79314-0    $10.99Beau, a gifted Black sixteen-year-old artist living in Chicago public housing, idolized her older sister, Katia, even though Katia had begun to make questionable decisions under the influence of her boyfriend, Jordan....

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 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 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....

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