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Review of Bumps in the Night

Bumps in the Night by Amalie HowardIntermediate    Delacorte    304 pp.2/24    9780593645871    $17.99Library ed.  9780593645888    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593645895    $10.99Twelve-year-old Darika Lovelace is spending the summer in Trinidad with her grandmother; she feels like her dad and stepmother don’t want her around because she has been getting in trouble. She also misses...

Review of We Could Fly

We Could Fly by Rhiannon Giddens; illus. by Briana Mukodiri UchenduPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.11/23    9781536222548    $18.99e-book ed. 9781536234619    $18.99A young Black girl notices a sparrow looking at her while she is enjoying time in the park with her mother. The mother tells her daughter, “I see that little birdie there...

Review of American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky

American Wings: Chicago’s Pioneering Black Aviators and the Race for Equality in the Sky by Sherri L. Smith and Elizabeth WeinMiddle School, High School    Putnam    384 pp.1/24    9780593323984    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593324004    $11.99Smith (The Blossom and the Firefly, rev. 3/20) and Wein (Stateless, rev. 3/23) introduce readers to the Black men...

Review of Nesting Dolls

Nesting Dolls by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Crown    40 pp.10/23    9781984852373    $18.99Library ed.  9781984852380    $21.99e-book ed.  9781984852397    $10.99Brantley-Newton highlights the bonds, both visible and invisible, that connect family members. Anyiaka’s older sister, Sorie, has light brown skin like their mom’s and grandma’s. Anyiaka’s darker skin causes her...

Review of Those Pink Mountain Nights

Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen FergusonHigh School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    352 pp.9/23    9780063086210    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063086234    $10.99Kiki, who is Black and Cree, has been gone for five months when the book begins, and the police have stopped looking for her. Her friend and fellow First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Association...

Review of More than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

More than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. LongIntermediate, Middle School    Farrar    272 pp.8/23    9780374391744    $21.99e-book ed.  9780374391751    $11.99Williams and Long provide readers with a complex narrative of the 1963 March on Washington that goes beyond Dr. Martin Luther...

Review of Cape

Cape by Kevin Johnson; illus. by Kitt ThomasPrimary     Roaring Brook    40 pp.6/23    9781250840509    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250336132    $10.99On the day of a funeral, a young brown-skinned boy wears the cape that the deceased gave him, as a shield against painful memories. After the funeral, the child continues to use the cape...

Review of Nigeria Jones

Nigeria Jones by Ibi ZoboiHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    384 pp.5/23    9780062888846    $19.99e-book ed.  9780062888860    $12.99Sixteen-year-old Nigeria is expected to lead the youth of the Movement (which is “like a small African West Philly village in the big, white state of Pennsylvania”) and model what it means to be a...

Review of Warrior Girl Unearthed

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley High School    Holt    400 pp. 5/23    9781250766588    $19.99 e-book ed.  9781250766595    $11.99 Boulley returns to Sugar Island, Michigan, in 2014, ten years after the events of the multi-award-winning Firekeeper’s Daughter (rev. 5/21). This novel’s protagonist is Daunis’s sixteen-year-old niece, Perry Firekeeper-Birch. Perry reluctantly joins...

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