book review and a pairing: Amal Unbound

July 11, 2018


title: Amal Unbound author: Aisha Saeed date: Nancy Paulsen Books; 2018 main character: Amal Review based on an advanced copy.   Among the 14 facts about Aisha Saeed on her website are the facts that she’s worked as a lawyer and an elementary teacher, she speaks three languages and she’s a fantastic air hockey player. […]

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review: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

July 10, 2018


title: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say author: Angela Domiguez date: Roaring Brook Press; 2018 main character: Stella Diaz Middle Grades (review based upon an advanced copy)     Stella Diaz’s family moved from Mexico City to Chicago when she was very young. So young, that she barely remembers her familia still in Mexico. Her […]

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July Releases

July 9, 2018


Courage by B. A. Binns (HarperCollins) T’Shawn has worked hard to get his family’s life back on track after his father died. But as things are returning to normal, his world is suddenly turned upside down when his older brother, Lamont, returns from prison. T puts his frustrations into his diving practice — especially when […]

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Out Out Damn Monkeys

July 2, 2018

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“Historians of genocide often argue that dehumanization is a necessary precondition for culturally and/or state-sanctioned violence… A growing literature demonstrates that individuals tend to associate out-groups and out-group members with nonhuman animals more than they do members of their in-group… More to the point, research by Goff and colleagues supports the hypothesized link between dehumanization […]

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Sunday Morning Reads (late night edition)

July 1, 2018


During the recent ALA conference in New Orleans, I couldn’t help but wonder what the founders of the American Library Association would think of the organization it founded and how well it achieves what they set out to do. Knowing that two African American women, Michelle Obama and Violet Davis, bookended the event would probably […]

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recap: ALSC President’s Panel

June 29, 2018

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I think I’ve been home for three days now and I’m still not recovered from ALA. I’m mulling reflections of the event but, I have to post this recap of the ALSC President’s Panel. For some reason, ALA didn’t record the event. I’ve seen bootleg copies on Twitter  but I’ll be a bit more ethical about […]

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IPOC Pride

June 9, 2018

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June is Pride month which makes it a great time to feature a few recent books written by IPOC authors with LGBT+ characters. King Geordi the Great by Gene Gant (Harmony Ink Press) Growing up means overcoming obstacles: facing reality even when it hurts, being brave enough to stand up for yourself, and being your own man […]

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New Releases: June 2018

June 5, 2018

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All That I can Fix by Crystal Chan (Simon Pulse) YA In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney–he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of […]

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Please, donate and share this post

June 4, 2018

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My dear friend and colleague, Sujei Lugo, is tireless in her work to put books into the hands of young people; books that authentically reflect who they are and that position them to create their own space in the world. One of her projects is to get books to young people in Puerto Rico and […]

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