So Afraid!

October 18, 2018


We’re all scared these days, but October always has hauntings, more mysteries, slight bits of suspense and a fearfully more fright. Not to worry though because none of these are based in reality. I think. What would you add ?  Middle Grade Night of the Zombie Zookeeper : Desmond Cole on Ghost Patrol by Andres […]

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collectiveResistance: More in Common

October 17, 2018


Rodney (Black; my son) and Keith (White; my other son) have been friends since college. They have more in common than that’s different and they know that because they’ve taken the time to get to know each other. They believe we can all discover that we have more in common if we’re simply brave enough […]

book review: They Call Me Güero

October 9, 2018


title: They Call Me Güero : A Border Kid’s Poems author: David Bowles date: Cinco Puntos; 2018 main character: Güero poetry; middle grades Review base on an advanced reader’s copy   It’s the perfect time for us, for diverse nerds and geeks, for all woke readers– heroes whose power is traveling through these pages to […]


October 7, 2018


  A few weeks ago, this tweet appeared in my Twitter feed. This lineup for the Massachusetts Reading Association 50th Annual Conference… 🤔 🤔🤔🤔🤔 cc. @booktoss @lizpslibrarian @TchKimPossible — Sujei =) (@sujeilugo) September 19, 2018 Educators and librarians, particularly those residing in Massachusetts were dismayed by the lack of diverse representation of the those […]

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review: Apple in the Middle

October 4, 2018

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title: Apple in the Middle author: Dawn Quigley date: North Dakota Press; 2018 main character: Apple Starkington YA realistic fiction Review is based on an advanced copy   Apple Starkington is a high school student in Minnesota. Apple’s father is European American and her mother was Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Her family is upper middle class. […]

October MG & YA Releases

October 3, 2018

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All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) When resentment surges during the Great Depression in a Texas border town, Estrella, fifteen, organizes a protest against the treatment of tejanos and soon finds herself witih her mother and baby brother in Mexico. Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria In a city ruled by ancient […]

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review: Baby Monkey Private Eye

October 2, 2018


This is post is edited to contain information that was supplied by a representative from Scholastic to correct information in this review. The additional information appears in blue while the original informations remains.  title: Baby Monkey, Private Eye authors: Brian Selznick and David Serlin date: Scholastic, 2018 main character: Baby Monkey ALSC Institute provided me […]

ALSC Institute, October and Party Shoes

October 2, 2018

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Debriefing after a conference is important because it reminds me to affirm contacts made during the event and it allows me to reflect on new information. What will I choose to add to my work and what will I leave behind? The ALSC Institute left me wondering where I’ll continue to develop my professional growth […]

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review: Finding Langston

September 14, 2018

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title: Finding Langston author: Lesa Cline-Ransome date: Holiday House; 2018 main character: Langston middle grade historical fiction Review based on an advanced reader’s copy. This historical novel set during the Great Migration gives readers an idea of how life changed for blacks when they moved from the rural south to the urban centers of the […]