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Review of The People Remember

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi; illus. by Loveis Wise Primary, Intermediate    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     64 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-291564-1    $19.99 Through art and words, with the framework of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Zoboi (American Street, rev. 3/17; Black Enough, rev. 1/19) and Wise beautifully “sew together a...

Review of Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia Intermediate, Middle School    Delacorte    320 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-593-37993-6    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-37994-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-37995-0    $9.99 This short story collection, edited by 2020 CSK honoree Mbalia (for Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, rev. 7/20), makes it clear that...

Review of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer Middle School, High School    Levine Querido    389 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-64614-045-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-052-7    $18.99 This adaptation of Ojibwe author Treuer’s adult title uses the same question-and-answer format as the original....

Review of We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell; illus. by Frané Lessac Primary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-62354-192-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-973-6    $9.99 In this informational picture book by the team behind We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (rev. 11/18), a diverse group of students...

Review of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith Intermediate, Middle School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    320 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-06-286994-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-286996-8    $9.99 Through this linked anthology by seventeen contributors, readers experience “What Is a Powwow?” (the title of Kim Rogers’s opening poem), as characters converge in Ann...

Review of Firekeeper's Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley High School    Holt    496 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-250-76656-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-76657-1    $10.99 Recent high school graduate Daunis Firekeeper (known for much of the book by her white mother’s family name, Fontaine) decides to stay in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, and attend Lake State with...

Review of You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson High School    Scholastic    336 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-338-50326-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-50362-3    $10.99 Senior Liz Lighty has successfully stayed out of the spotlight and off of Campbell County High School’s new social networking app, Campbell Confidential. Being poor and Black...

Review of Root Magic

Root Magic by Eden Royce Intermediate, Middle School    Walden/HarperCollins    352 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-06-289957-6    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-289960-6    $8.99 Eleven-year-old Jezebel’s family has done “rootwork” for generations. In 1963, many of the people on their South Carolina island frequent her grandmother and uncle’s cabin for the healing potions they make,...

I Am Every Good Thing

One of the criteria for the Caldecott Medal is excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept. One look at Derrick Barnes's and Gordon C. James's I Am Every Good Thing and it is clear that the theme of the book is love for Black boys. The cover of the...
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