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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 […]

review: Courage

August 2, 2018

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  correction: In reading this book (close to three times I might add) I missed the line that identified Sammy’s adopted parents as white. That changes this line in my review:  I didn’t care for the stereotypical over-demanding Asian parents with the adopted son. Instead, we have a white mother who is over-demanding with an Asian son. […]

MG Book Review: The Parker Inheritance

March 29, 2018

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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 […]

book review: Marley Dias Gets It Done (and so can you!)

February 27, 2018

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Title: Marley Dias Gets it Done Author: Marley Dias Date: Scholastic; January 2018 nonfiction I hate that I couldn’t hear Marley Dias open ALAMidwinter because I would love to have had the opportunity to hear this dynamo speak. In 2015, Marley began an initiative she dubbed #1000BlackGirlbBooks because she wanted to see more books featuring […]

Biographys: Black Women in Children’s Lit

March 13, 2017

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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill and Sean Qualls; Candlewick Press, 2010 This chapter book biography goest back to Ella’s childhood growing up during the Great Depression in New York. Fitzgerald had a hard childhood, essentially growing up in the streets. It was her love of music and talent as a dancer that […]

Biographies: Black Men in Picture books

February 23, 2017

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Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and Colin Bootman (Lee and Low; 2016) Tiny Stitches is as much a history of modern medicine as it is a children’s biography of Vivien Thomas. The book revisits a time when someone could become a respected practitioner of medicine based upon their […]

book review: Perfect Liar

August 2, 2016

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title: Perfect Liars author: Kimberly Reid date: Tu Books/Lee & Low; 2016 main character: Andrea “Drea” Faraday young adult realistic fiction I was excited to see a new release from Kim Reid and for the most part, I was not let down. Perfect Liars is an innovative story that reflect today’s teens in their high risk […]

review: When We Was Fierce

July 25, 2016

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Title: When We Was Fierce Author: e. E. Charlton-Trujillo Date: Candlewick; August 2016 Main Character: Theodore “T” Clark young adult fiction   Edited 26 July 2016 This review is part of a collaborative effort that began on Sunday 24 July with a guest review from Jenn Baker.  It continued on Reading While White Blog with […]

guest review: When We Was Fierce

July 24, 2016

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Title: When We Was Fierce Author: e. E. Charlton-Trujillo Date: Candlewick; August 2016 Main Character: Theodore “T” Clark young adult fiction There have been undercurrents for the past few months reacting to the forthcoming When We Was Fierce written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick). Charlton-Trujillo’s previous novels include  Feels Like Home (Random House/Delacorte), Prizefighter En […]