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Review of H Is for Harlem

H Is for Harlem by Dinah Johnson; illus. by April HarrisonPrimary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    48 pp.    g7/22    978-0-316-32237-9    $18.99This engaging and beautiful alphabet book features and celebrates not only Harlem’s history, including the Harlem Renaissance, but also contemporary figures and iconic places that bridge ­Harlem’s past and present. From the Apollo...

Review of Break This House

Break This House by Candace IlohHigh School    Dutton    224 pp.   g2/22    978-0-525-55623-7    $17.99Estranged from her mother and twin sister, ­sixteen-year-old Minah learns about her mom’s death through a Facebook invitation to a family reunion and memorial. Minah, now living with her father in Brooklyn, returns to her hometown of...

Review of Music Is a Rainbow

Music Is a Rainbow by Bryan Collier; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g6/22    978-0-316-53742-1    $18.99“Son, life is full of holes. / You may want to close them up to keep / out the storm / But make sure to leave room for that / rainbow to find...

Review of Abdul’s Story

Abdul’s Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; illus. by Tiffany RosePrimary    Salaam/Simon    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-6298-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6299-1    $10.99Gregarious Abdul loves to tell stories to his classmates—as long as he does not have to write them down. Letters are confusing, and figuring out how to spell words is frustrating. Not to...

Review of Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of "Fighting Shirley Chisholm"

Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of “Fighting Shirley Chisholm” by Tonya Bolden Intermediate, Middle School    National Geographic    144 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-4263-7236-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-4263-7237-7    $27.90 e-book ed.  978-1-4263-7295-7    $10.99 The list of New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s accomplishments during a time when race and gender were...

Review of Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    208 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-593-38159-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-38160-1    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-38161-8    $9.99 The Hudsons’ latest anthology (We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, rev. 11/18; The Talk,...

We Shall Overcome

Music has always been at the core of the Black experience in America. The myriad songs of a stolen people intermingling and creating Negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, etc., gave voice to a people. Within the music, there is a singular longing for freedom, a hope for future generations, and a protest...

Review of Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon High School    Delacorte    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5247-1896-1    $19.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1897-8    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1898-5    $10.99 When her parents get a divorce due to her dad’s infidelity, Evie is thoroughly disillusioned with the notion of love. A chance encounter while disposing of her...

Review of J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard; illus. by Akeem S. Roberts Primary, Intermediate    Kokila/Penguin    128 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-11152-9    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-0-593-11154-3    $6.99 J.D. is excited about starting third grade at Douglass Elementary School. At least he was excited before his mom gave him a disastrous...

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