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Review of Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus; illus. by Julie Robine; color by Shin-Yeon Moon Intermediate    Little, Brown    320 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-7595-5689-8    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5690-4    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5691-1    $9.99 Muhammad Najem was...

Review of Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes ; illus. by Dawud Anyabwile Middle School     Norton    208 pp.       g9/22     978-1-324-00390-8     $22.95Paper ed.  978-1-324-05215-9    $17.95 Smith’s graphic memoir (co-authored with multi-awardee Barnes) provides context for the iconic 1968 image of two...

Review of Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book

Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book by Tonya Bolden; illus. by Eric Velasquez Primary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-06-296740-4    $17.99 Victor Hugo Green (1892–1960) was a mail carrier whose work took him all across New Jersey. Though well-loved on his routes, Green knew the...
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Review of Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader

Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader by Michelle Duster; illus. by Laura FreemanPrimary, Intermediate    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.    g1/22    978-1-250-23946-4    $18.99A picture-book biography of an iconic journalist and civil rights leader deserves an opening line befitting its subject, and this one delivers: “Some people...

Review of Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas

Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas by Jeanne Walker Harvey; illus. by Loveis Wise Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 2/22    978-0-06-302189-1    $18.99 This superb picture-book biography profiles Alma Thomas (1891–1978), the first Black woman to have art displayed in the White House’s permanent collection. After a childhood...

Review of Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Mara Rockliff; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary, Intermediate    Random House Studio    40 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-5247-2064-3    $18.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-2065-0    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-2066-7    $11.99 Rockliff and Christie focus their story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott on a little-heralded...

Review of Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd; illus. by Christian Robinson Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    64 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-291564-1    $19.99 Pianist, singer, and composer Nina ­Simone was born Eunice Waymon in rural North Carolina in 1933, a child “who had music on the inside.” Treated by turns...

Review of Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley; illus. by Tara Audibert Primary    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    80 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-301537-1    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-301538-8    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-301539-5    $4.99 This series opener introduces Jo Jo Makoons Azure, a rambunctious first grader with “strong lungs” (according to her mom) and...

Review of The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson; illus. by Evan Turk Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-4197-4130-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-320-3    $15.54 Ben Shahn (1898–1969) was known as “the people’s painter” because his art told real stories about real people. Levinson...
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