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Review of Curlfriends: New in Town

Curlfriends: New in Town by Sharee Miller; illus. by the author; color by Luke HealyIntermediate, Middle School    LB Ink/Little, Brown    288 pp.10/23    9780316591478    $24.99Paper ed.  9780316591454    $12.99e-book ed.  9780316591447    $9.99In this endearing and relatable graphic novel, Charlie has moved all around the world with her family. Now that her dad...

Review of Ready, Set, Dough!

Ready, Set, Dough! by Kelly J. BaptistIntermediate    Crown    176 pp.10/23    9780593429174    $16.99Library ed.  9780593429181    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593429198    $9.99Sixth grader Zoe dreams of becoming a Pulitzer ­Prize–winning journalist, but her family’s unreliable old computer is cramping her style. She has her sights set on the Horizon WordPro GT laptop, and since...

Review of I’m From

I’m From by Gary R. Gray, Jr.; illus. by Oge MoraPreschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.9/23    9780063089969    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063334366    $10.99“I come from / early morning wake-ups, / handcrafted blankets / knitted with memories.” A young Black boy arises from his cozy bed and finds Dad in the kitchen...

Review of Big

Big by Vashti Harrison; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    64 pp. 5/23    9780316353229    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780316566223    $12.99 As Harrison writes in her author’s note, “In childhood, big is good. Big is impressive, aspirational. But somewhere along the way, the world begins to tell us something different: That...

Review of The Braid Girls

The Braid Girls by Sherri WinstonMiddle School    Little, Brown    272 pp.6/23    9780316461610    $16.99Paper ed.  9780316461597    $8.99e-book. ed.  9780316461603    $7.99It’s a big summer for middle schooler Maggie: she is starting a braiding business with her best friend, Daija, and she will be meeting her half-sister, Callie, who is from the Bahamas,...

Review of Invisible Son

Invisible Son by Kim JohnsonHigh School    Random House    416 pp.6/23    9780593482100    $18.99Library ed.  9780593482117    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593482124    $10.99Like so many young Black men, Andre Jackson feels invisible. Falsely accused and convicted of a crime, Andre emerges from juvenile detention intending to return to some sense of normalcy. However, he comes...

Review of Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay

Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay by Kelly McWilliamsHigh School    Little, Brown    320 pp.5/23    9780316449939    $18.99e-book ed.  9780316450133    $10.99Seventeen-year-old Harriet Douglass and her father live on modern-day Westwood Plantation, a Louisiana sugar plantation where enslaved Africans once lived, which is now one of the few plantation museums run by Black...

Review of Eb & Flow

Eb & Flow by Kelly J. BaptistIntermediate, Middle School    Crown    224 pp.3/23    9780593429136    $16.99Library ed.  9780593429143    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593429150    $9.99Ebony (Eb) and De’Kari (Flow), both seventh graders, are suspended from school after a fight in the cafeteria that neither thinks is their fault. On the surface, this looks like a...

Review of Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia HibbertHigh School    Joy Revolution/Random    336 pp.1/23    9780593482339    $19.99Paper ed.  9780593482353    $13.99e-book ed.  9780593482346    $8.99Former best friends Celine and Bradley are now enemies and academic rivals. When they both jump at the opportunity to participate in a wilderness competition with a scholarship attached and...

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