review: Darius the Great is Not Okay

August 21, 2018

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title: Darius the Great is Not Okay author: Adib Khorram date: Dial Books; August 2018 main character: Darius Kellner Review based upon an advanced copy. Darius Kellner is a high school sophomore in Portland. He comes from a tight-knit family, but doesn’t have a particularly close relationship with his father. Darius’ hobbies include brewing tea […]

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Interview: Adib Khorram

August 20, 2018

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I think I get to know an author through their books! From reading Darius the Great is Not Okay (Dial Books) I just knew that Adib Khorram had been to Iran at least once, that he was rather fluent in Farsi and that he’s a Star Trek fan. Well, one out of three isn’t all that […]

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SundayMorningReads

August 19, 2018

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They’re not coincidences; they’re metaphors!

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review: So Done

August 18, 2018

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title: So Done author: Paula Chase date: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins; 2018 main characters: Jamila Phillips and Tai Johnson Review based upon an advanced copy. Mila spent the summer with her aunt to avoid Tai’s father. While Tai couldn’t wait for Mila to return to the Cove, she could feel that something was different, something was shifting […]

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review: A Werewolf Named Oliver James

August 17, 2018

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review: A Werewolf Named Oliver James author: Nicholas Jon Frith date: 2018; Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Children’s Books main character: Oliver James picture book   Oliver’s mom has always told him to come straight home for dinner. Oliver is drawn as a black child with dark skin and curly hair. On an evening, with a […]

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Interview: Paula Chase

August 16, 2018

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Paula Chase’s latest book, So Done, was released yesterday. In the interview below,you can see it has been a while for her. I hope you enjoy getting to know her in this way. I’m certain as you get to know her, you’ll want to read So Done. The book, her middle grade debut, has starred reviews […]

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ALSC’s New Equity Fellowship

August 15, 2018

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The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) announces new Equity Fellowship! Through the ALSC Equity Fellowship program, ALSC affirms its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by engaging new generations of racially and ethnically diverse library professionals. Five ALSC fellowships will be awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or […]

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IPOC releases: August 2018

August 10, 2018

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Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley (North Dakota State University Press) DEBUT AUTHOR Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial) DEBUT AUTHOR […]

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review: Courage

August 2, 2018

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title: Courage Author: Barbara Binns date: HarperCollins; July 2018 main character: T’Shawn Rodgers (review based on advanced copy) Barbara Binns has always been an author focused on providing visibility to black boys and she’s back doing it again with Courage. This middle grade novel is set in the south side of contemporary Chicago. T’Shawn backs […]