April 12, 2018


title: Fake ID author: Lamar Giles date: Amistad; 2014 main character: Nick Pearson (née Tony Bordeaux) YA mystery Nick is a young African American male whose voice narrates the Fake ID. We readers are among the few who know that his real name is Tony. The situations that have him using this pseudonym along with […]

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Little House, Big Mess

April 6, 2018


I’ve never publicly weighed in on the conversations surrounding the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or on the proposal to change the name of the Wilder Award. I’ve recently put together some reflections and all this and thought they might be worth sharing.  Laura Ingall Wilder’s works, like too many other books that have gained […]

Interview: N. H. Senzai

April 2, 2018

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from the publisher:  Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.  Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, […]

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April Release

March 30, 2018

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Below are the releases for April. Be sure to check the entire list for 2018 to see what’s been added for previous months. As always what I missed in the comments, please Curveball by Derek Jeter. Simon and Schuster. ages 8-12 While spending the summer with his extended family in New Jersey, Derek finds a […]

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MG Book Review: The Parker Inheritance

March 29, 2018


Title: The Parker Inheritance author: Varian Johnson date: Levine/Scholastic; 2018 main character: Candace Miller Candace Miller, a young African American girl, and her mother move into the home that once belonged to her grandmother while their own home is being renovated. Her parents have divorced and they need to prepare the house for sale. This […]


March 25, 2018

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It’s starting to get too nice to be inside reading on the weekend! While I’m doing heavy reading for the We The People list, my thoughts are turning to the garden. But because this is not that kind of blog, I’ll stick to what I’ve been reading lately. I’ve got a few new articles on […]

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This is Random. Let’s Call It: Paying and Collecting Dues.

March 22, 2018

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“Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.”(Rachel Wolchin) Today’s posts is one of those random posts that I’ve spent so much time working on that I can’t not post it. As I get back into blogging, I think I’m also getting into it deeper. I’m noticing things I that I didn’t pay attention […]

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review: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

March 14, 2018

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title: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary author: Nonieqa Ramos date: Carolrhoda Lab; March 2018 main character: Macy Cashmere The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Nonieqa Ramos is her debut book. I received an ARC to review. Macy is a high school student with an individualized education plan. She spends her days in Special Education classrooms where she […]

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#kidlitwomen: Black Girls Economics In Young Adult Fiction part 2 or This is What Marley Dias Was Talking About

March 12, 2018


Updated 21 March 2018 I wasn’t sure about posting this, but for several reasons it’s necessary for me to post these complete lists. In compiling them, I’ve had to adjust of few of the numbers in my previous post, however the difference is not significant, particularly when you consider how many books are published overall. […]

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