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review: Black Women Who Dared

January 17, 2019

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title: Black Women Who Dared author Naomi M. Moyer date: Second Story Press Middle Grade nonfiction Naomi M. Moyer is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, she created a mixed media series featuring images of lesser known, radical Black women. Second Story Press contacted her in mid 2017 to […]

Review: A Little Piece of Ground

January 10, 2019

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title: A Little Piece of Ground author: Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr date: Macmillan Children’s Books; 2003 main character: Karim Aboudi Middle Grade fiction I first heard about A Little Piece of Ground back in 2006 at a dinner in Jeddah. It’s only fitting that I found out about this book on that trip because […]

review: Watch Us Rise

January 3, 2019

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title: Watch Us Rise author: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan date: Bloomsbury; 12 February 2019 YA fiction This review is based on an advance copy. Watch Us Rise. Watson and Hagan’s collaborative fiction, Watch Us Rise, was a book I easily find to be centered in black girl literacies. The powerful statement that entitles the […]

review: Period Power

December 28, 2018

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title: Period Power : A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement author: Nadya Okamoto date: Simon and Schuster; 2018 YA nonfiction You might look at the cover of this book that is decorated with a Pepto Bismol pink background and bold red lettering and expect a boring informational text, embarrassing even because the book, after all, […]

book review: They Call Me Güero

October 9, 2018

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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 […]

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. […]

review: Baby Monkey, Private Eye

October 2, 2018

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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 […]

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. […]