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Review of Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert Middle School, High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-305666-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-305668-8    $9.99 On May 30, 1921 — just over one hundred years ago — a young Black...

Review of The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Sophie Blackall Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    256 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5362-1361-4    $19.99 As this rich and absorbing novel opens, Brother Edik finds a sick girl in the barn of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, curled up with the “demon goat”...

Review of A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang; illus. by the author Primary    Viking    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-593-20344-6    $17.99 “If you are a boy named Isamu,” begins this invented vignette of the childhood of artist Isamu Noguchi, “at the market with your mother, it can...

Review of The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    208 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5362-1552-6    $16.99 When it becomes clear that unathletic Yevgeny is not going to follow in the footsteps of his figure-skating-whiz older brother Victor, their...

Review of Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon High School    Delacorte    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5247-1896-1    $19.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1897-8    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1898-5    $10.99 When her parents get a divorce due to her dad’s infidelity, Evie is thoroughly disillusioned with the notion of love. A chance encounter while disposing of her...

Review of Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-8234-4328-4    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-4784-8    $18.99 Morales’s (Dreamers, rev. 9/18) latest sensitive and evocative picture book opens with a wide-eyed whitetail fawn curled up in a creosote bush, guilelessly peeking up at the reader....

Review of Run: Book One

Run: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by L. Fury with Nate Powell Middle School, High School    Good Trouble Productions/ComicArts/Abrams    160 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-4197-3069-6    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-382-9    $18.65 The story begun in the March graphic memoirs (rev. 1/14, 5/15, and 9/16) — events of the...

Review of Fish and Sun and Tiny Tales: Shell Quest

Fish and Sun [I Can Read!: Comics] by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    48 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-06-307664-8    $16.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-307663-1    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-307665-5    $4.99 Tiny Tales: Shell Quest [I Can Read!: Comics] by Steph Waldo; illus. by the author Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    32 pp.   ...

Review of I Is for Immigrants

I Is for Immigrants by Selina Alko; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-250-23786-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-84540-5    $10.99 A is for ancestors, abuelita, and African dance; B is for bodega, braids, and bubble tea. In this alphabet book, Alko (One Golden Rule at School,...
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