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Review of Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon Middle School, High School    Candlewick    390 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5362-1418-5    $24.99 In October 1966, in Oakland, California, Black college students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale began to organize in reaction to rising police brutality in...

Review of Lotería

Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti; illus. by Dana Sanmar Intermediate    Knopf    320 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-593-17696-2    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17697-9    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17698-6    $9.99 Unbeknownst to Clara, she is the object of la Lotería, a game of chance being played out by two friends, Life and Lady Death. The...

Review of Inside Cat

Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel; illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-4521-7319-1    $17.99 Inside Cat wanders its labyrinthine, multi-floor home, filled with windows of varying shapes and sizes. In this eclectic dwelling, the feline “finds a view wherever it goes.” Only the cat, what it sees...

Review of Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman; illus. by Sergio García Sánchez Intermediate    TOON    56 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-943145-55-3    $16.95 Paper ed.  978-1-943145-56-0    $9.99 Spanish ed.  978-1-943145-57-7    $16.95 In engaging comic-format style, ­Spiegelman and Sánchez (Lost in NYC, rev. 7/15) retell the Latin...

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 A Snake Falls to Earth

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger Middle School, High School    Levine Querido    352 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-64614-092-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-114-2    $18.99 This original and suspenseful fantasy explores perceptions and understandings of space, time, identity, environmentalism, communication, and “the rightness of home.” Nina, a human, is determined...

Review of Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-293414-7    $17.99 Opening on a morning scene of autumnal domestic bliss, a large, bathrobe-clad bear holding a steaming mug looks out the window at falling leaves. “Sweaters ON!” the bear declares to a roomful of...

Review of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; illus. by Nikkolas Smith Primary, Intermediate    Kokila/Penguin    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-593-30735-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30737-3    $11.99 The book begins with a premise many African American families know well: a child gets an assignment at school that...

Review of Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    352 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-250-14901-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-14902-2    $10.99 Sheinkin returns to the milieu of his award-winning Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon...
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