New Releases: June 2018

June 5, 2018

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All That I can Fix by Crystal Chan (Simon Pulse) YA In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney–he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of […]

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June 4, 2018

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My dear friend and colleague, Sujei Lugo, is tireless in her work to put books into the hands of young people; books that authentically reflect who they are and that position them to create their own space in the world. One of her projects is to get books to young people in Puerto Rico and […]

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review: Love Hate & Other Filters

May 29, 2018

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title: Love Hate & Other Filters author: Samira Ahmed date: Soho Teen; January 2018 main character: Maya Aziz     17-year-old Maya is about to graduate high school. She’s actually a bit interested in the young man her parents totally approve of, but then, there’s Phil, the love of her life. Team Phil or Team […]

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review: The Serpent’s Secret

May 18, 2018

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title: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Secret Kingdom series) author: Sayantani Dasgupta date: Scholastic, 2018 main character: Kiranmala   While Meghan Markle is able to become a princess only through marriage, Kiranmala really is a princess! Her parents have told her this all her life, but until events that you’ll have to read to […]

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We The People Summer Reading List

May 17, 2018


Earlier this week, We The People released the fourth annual Summer Reading List. This year’s list was curated by Sujei Lugo, Alia Johnson, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Dr. Laura Jimenez, Thaddeus Andrecki and Dr. Sonia Rodriguez. The list once again highlights select picture books, chapter books/early readers, middle grade books, young adult books and adult crossovers. A […]

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May Releases

May 3, 2018

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All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor (HarperTeen) In this gripping, genre-defying YA novel, four Long Island teens befriend a bestselling YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences. Told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book […]

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April 29, 2018

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Miami University in Oxford, OH to view the Telling A People’s Story exhibit and to attend their two day conference. This exhibit features the work 33 African American children’s book illustrators, displaying a total 130 works curated into historical themes: African Origins, Middle Passage, Slavery, Emancipation, Reconstruction, […]

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on Negroes Monkeys and Apes

April 26, 2018


edited 27 Apr I’ve posted previously about concerns I’ve had regarding books with anthropomorphic monkeys and apes. What I want to do here today is contextualize this concern by presenting some of the history of Negroes, apes and monkeys in the United States. For the most part, I’m providing quotes and images, sticking with historical […]

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review: Fake ID

April 12, 2018

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title: Fake ID author: Lamar Giles date: Amistad; 2014 main character: Nick Pearson (née Tony Bordeaux) YA mystery Nick is a young African American male whose voice narrates the Fake ID. We readers are among the few who know that his real name is Tony. The situations that have him using this pseudonym along with […]

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