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Review of Black Girl You Are Atlas

Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson; illus. by Ekua HolmesMiddle School, High School    Kokila/Penguin    96 pp.2/24    9780593461709    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461716    $10.99This poetry collection masterfully encapsulates Watson’s experience of Black girlhood and womanhood. Through an array of poetic styles, she weaves together her personal reflections, celebrating the multifaceted nature...

Review of You’re Breaking My Heart

You’re Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-PerkovichMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    304 pp.1/24    9781646141814    $19.99Fourteen-year-old Harriet is convinced she’s responsible for her older brother Tunde’s tragic death and wishes more than anything that she could take back the cruel words she spoke to him that fateful morning. Others’ efforts...

Review of Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller

Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller by Breanna J. McDaniel; illus. by April HarrisonPrimary    Dial    40 pp.1/24    9780593324202    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593324219    $11.99Few people have had more of an impact on African American children’s literature than griot, educator, and librarian Augusta Baker (1911–1998). Her...

Review of Gone Wolf

Gone Wolf by Amber McBrideMiddle School    Feiwel    352 pp.10/23    9781250850492    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250850485    $10.99McBride (We Are All So Good at Smiling, rev. 1/23) begins this compelling novel in the year 2111: a girl known as Inmate Eleven has lived in a small cell her whole life. All she knows she’s...

Review of Mama’s Sleeping Scarf

Mama’s Sleeping Scarf by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; illus. by Joelle AvelinoPreschool    Knopf    32 pp.9/23    9780593535578    $18.99Library ed.  9780593801222    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593537961    $8.99Spanish ed.  9788448865993    $18.95In this warm tale of family, particularly the bond between mother and daughter, young Chino observes, “Every night before bed, Mama ties her scarf around her...

Review of Rain Remembers

Rain Remembers by Courtne ComrieMiddle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    272 pp.10/23    9780063159778    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063159785    $10.99In this sequel to verse novel Rain Rising (rev. 1/23), Rain Washington has begun to heal after a chaotic eighth-grade year in which her anxiety and depression (including body-image concerns) were exacerbated by a racist...

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 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 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...

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