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Review of There Was a Party for Langston

There Was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett PumphreyPrimary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp.10/23    9781534439443    $18.99e-book ed  9781534439450    $10.99An intriguing photograph of writers Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka dancing at a party at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture...

Review of Fighting with Love: The Legacy of John Lewis

Fighting with Love: The Legacy of John Lewis by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by James E. RansomePrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.1/24    9781534496620    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534496637    $10.99The prolific author-illustrator couple (most recently The Story of the Saxophone, rev. 1/23) teams up again to offer this inspiring picture-book biography of the late human rights...
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Review of Barracoon: Adapted for Young Readers

Barracoon: Adapted for Young Readers by Zora Neale Hurston; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi; illus. by Jazzmen Lee-JohnsonIntermediate, Middle School    Amistad/HarperCollins    208 pp.1/24    9780063098336    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063098350    $10.99In 1860, more than fifty years after the United States outlawed the slave trade, the ship Clotilda journeyed back to Alabama from West...

Review of Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King

Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King by Alice Faye Duncan; illus. by R. Gregory ChristieIntermediate    Calkins/Astra    48 pp.9/23    9781662680045    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662680052    $11.99In a sophisticated, poetic picture-book biography, Duncan alternates double-page spreads featuring prose or poems in a variety of forms that highlight Coretta Scott King’s...

Review of A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Jerry Pinkney and Brian PinkneyPrimary  Porter/Holiday    40 pp.9/23    9780823449651    $18.99Shortly after his father’s death, a boy opens an envelope his father left him to find a map of the woods with a bright red X marking a destination. Still coping...

Review of Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon by Sharon G. FlakeIntermediate, Middle School    Knopf    336 pp.7/23    9780593480984    $17.99Library ed.  9780593480991    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593481004    $10.99In sparkling free verse, Flake delivers a rich and compassionate story of family love centered on forgiveness. Eleven-year-old James Henry and his twin sister, Hattie Mae, live with their...
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Review of The Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus by Aaron Friedland and Ndileka Mandela; illus. by Andrew Jackson ObolPrimary    Greystone Kids    48 pp.10/23    9781771644693    $18.95In this story set in an (unspecified) African village, a brother and sister find a creative solution to circumstances preventing them from attending school. Baba has to leave home to...
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Review of Loud and Proud: The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

Loud and Proud: The Life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by Kaylani Juanita Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 9/23    9781534463523    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534463530    $10.99 Born in 1924 Brooklyn to immigrant parents (from Guyana and Barbados) who worked in low-wage jobs, Chisholm was attuned from a young age...
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Review of Clouds over California

Clouds over California by Karyn ParsonsIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    320 pp.7/23    9780316484077    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316497770    $9.99In an affecting story set in Santa Monica, California, in the 1970s, a young biracial girl at the center of a calamitous family dynamic learns to navigate momentous change and find her own place...
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