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Interview: Gary Golio

April 4, 2017

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Yesterday, I shared a review of Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and today, I have an interview with the author himself. Gary reached out to share his book with me several months ago and I was immediately curious about the person who would be able to create a […]

Biographies: Black Women

March 7, 2017

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Cleopatra Serpent of the Nile by Mary Fisk Pack and Peter Malone; Goose Bottom Books, 2011. It does young girls good to know that women rulers have always existed and that’s why the title’s in Goose Bottom Books on Dastardly Dames is so necessary. While this book is rich is photographs from artifacts of the […]

Biography: Mahalia A Life In Gospel Music

February 14, 2017

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title: Mahalia A Life in Gospel Music author: Roxane Orgill date: Candlewick, 2002 Roxane Orgill began her writing career as a music critic and she eventually transformed to an author of children’s and young adult biographies, often of those of African American musicians. Her knowledge of music history is definitely present in Mahalia A Life […]

book review: Perfect Liar

August 2, 2016


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


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


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 […]

book review: Dorothy Must Die

April 25, 2016


title: Dorothy Must Die author: Danielle Paige date: Harper, 2014 main character: Amy Gumm young adult fiction   We all cheered for Dorothy to find the Wizard and make her way back home to Kansas. We loved Glinda’s sparkle and the shine of the yellow brick road, but sometimes too much ‘good’ just isn’t all […]

Book review: The House You Pass on the Way

March 10, 2016

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title: The House You Pass on the Way author: Jacqueline Woodson date: Delacorte Press, 1997 main character: Staggerlee Canan   “And freedom? Oh, freedom. Well that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.” Any book that begins in the winter is gong to be a cold, lonely story and […]

Writers on Writing:NonFiction/Tonya Bolden

February 3, 2016

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Nonfiction can feel  like a stepchild of children’s literature. When we look at numbers that relate how few books are written by American Indians and authors of color we’re only considering works of fiction. Sometimes there are no clear lines between these genres. Memoirs can be fiction (Brown Girl Dreaming; Woodson) or nonfiction (Becoming Maria). […]