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Review of Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy; illus. by Janelle Washington Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    64 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-250-22095-0    $19.99 This powerful picture-book biography reverently portrays the life of Mamie Till-Mobley (1921–2003), whose defiant act of bravery following the 1955...
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Review of Twice as Perfect

Twice as Perfect by Louisa OnoméHigh School    Feiwel    416 pp.   g7/22    978-1-250-82350-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-82351-9    $10.99While busy, high-achieving seventeen-year-old Nigerian Canadian high-school senior Adanna Nkwachi helps to plan her cousin’s traditional wedding to a Nigerian superstar, she is also dealing with her own feelings for two totally different boys....
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Review of The Deep Blue Between

The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna AttahMiddle School, High School    Carolrhoda Lab    256 pp.    g3/22    978-1-7284-4288-4    $18.99This novel (first published in the U.K. in 2020) offers a compelling view of West African history as a backdrop for a story of sibling bonding and coming of age. In 1892, ten-year-old...

Review of Seeking Freedom: The Untold Story of Fortress Monroe and the Ending of Slavery in America

Seeking Freedom: The Untold Story of Fortress Monroe and the Ending of Slavery in America by Selene Castrovilla; illus. by E. B. Lewis Primary, Intermediate    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-63592-582-1-1    $18.99 A true story from the Civil War offers insight into a little-known aspect of ­African American history. In...

Review of Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge

Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge by Gary Golio; illus. by James Ransome Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-9848-1366-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1367-1    $10.99 When, in 1959, the renowned jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins takes a break from a successful career to hone his skills, he finds the perfect place to...

Review of Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress

Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress by Alicia D. Williams; illus. by April Harrison Primary    Schwartz/Random    48 pp.   g 6/21    978-0-593-12368-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12369-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12370-6    $10.99 Williams (Genesis Begins Again, rev. 1/19; Jump at the Sun, rev. 3/21) and Harrison...

Review of A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4197-3630-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-560-1    $15.54 Through the eyes of a formerly enslaved ten-year-old boy, Henderson recounts the story of what some...

Review of A Sitting in St. James

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    480 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-236729-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-236732-7    $10.99 Williams-Garcia, whose YA titles include the 1995 classic Like Sisters on the Homefront and Jumped (rev. 3/09), offers an unusual angle on the subject of slavery with this...

Review of Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes; illus. by various artists Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Bloomsbury    144 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-68119-944-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68119-945-0    $13.29 Grimes returns to the Harlem Renaissance (One Last Word, rev. 3/17) to showcase the works of some female poets whose...
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