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H Is for Harlem

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   H Is for Harlem by Dinah Johnson; illus. by April Harrison Primary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 7/22    978-0-316-32237-9    $18.99 This engaging and beautiful alphabet book features and celebrates...

Review of Caprice

Caprice by Coe Booth Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-545-93334-6    $17.99 Big changes are happening in Caprice’s life. After an exciting, eventful summer spent at a wealthy private boarding school’s leadership program, Caprice is offered a full scholarship to attend the following fall as...

Review of How You Grow Wings

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta High School     Algonquin    336 pp.         g8/22     978-1-6437-5191-7     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-6437-5289-1    $11.99 Nigerian sisters Cheta and Zam could not be more different. Fiery, outspoken Cheta takes the brunt of their mother’s severe physical and mental abuse, while quiet, withdrawn...

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,...

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