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Review of Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust

Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Andrés Vera Martínez Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    256 pp. 10/23    9780545313476    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780545313483    $14.99 In this innovative book, five stories, all in graphic format, address aspects of the Holocaust and incorporate fantasy elements,...

Review of Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day by Astrid Kamalyan; illus. by Anait SemirdzhyanPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/23    9781623543587    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893307    $9.99A young girl describes a beloved summertime tradition for her Armenian family. Guided by Bábo, or Grandmother, four children jump into action to “soak, soap, and wash” their treasured...

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 Remember Us

Remember Us by Jacqueline WoodsonMiddle School    Paulsen/Penguin    192 pp.10/23    9780399545467    $18.99e-book ed.  9780399545481    $10.99Sage Durham, a basketball-obsessed Black twelve-year-old, is looking forward to a summer of pick-up games with the boys (she’s always the only girl on the court) in her close-knit 1970s Brooklyn neighborhood. Instead, it proves to be...

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 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 Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp. 8/23    9780593462287    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780593462294    $14.99 e-book ed.  9780593462300    $9.99 Martín’s humorous and heartfelt memoir recounts a momentous 1977 road trip with his “big Mexican American family.” Apá and Amá gather the...

Review of I Am Kavi

I Am Kavi by Thushanthi PonweeraIntermediate    Holiday    272 pp.9/23    9780823453658    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457274    $11.99At ten years old, Kavi has already experienced her share of trauma and heartbreak. Her father spent a decade at the front lines in the Sri Lankan civil war and returned to their rural home an amputee,...

Review of I’m From

I’m From by Gary R. Gray, Jr.; illus. by Oge MoraPreschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.9/23    9780063089969    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063334366    $10.99“I come from / early morning wake-ups, / handcrafted blankets / knitted with memories.” A young Black boy arises from his cozy bed and finds Dad in the kitchen...
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