review: Finding Langston

September 14, 2018


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 […]

review: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case : Getting Away With Murder

September 6, 2018


Title: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case : Getting Away With Murder author: Chris Crowe date: Speak; revised. 2018 non-fiction In The True Story of the Emmett Till Case : Getting Away With Murder. Chris Crowe documents the life and death of Emmitt Till, an African American boy who at age 14 was […]

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September New Releases

August 31, 2018

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500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario (Simon Pulse) High school senior Nic, seventeen, tries to salvage her tattered reputation by helping her Ivy League-obsessed classmates with college admission essays and finds herself in the process. Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Macmillan) Ages 9–12 Through stunning images provided by […]

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Monkey THIS Up

August 29, 2018


Have you seen the news out of Florida? Primaries were held there yesterday, deciding among other things who would be the state’s Democrat nominee for governor. Andrew Gillum became the state’s first African American candidate for the office and within hours of him winning the primary, his Republican opponent, Ron Desantis says “ the last […]

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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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August 19, 2018

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They’re not coincidences; they’re metaphors!

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review: So Done

August 18, 2018


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


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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