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Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

August 13, 2014

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title: Brown Girl Dreaming author: Jacqueline Woodson Date: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin; August 2014 Main Character: Jacqueline Woodson MIddle Grade Fiction There are rules to children’s books you know, and Jacqueline Woodson just broke one. Brown Girl Dreaming is the author’s poetic telling of her childhood and retrospective visits to childhood are supposed to be adult […]

review: Money Boy

May 30, 2014

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title: Money Boy author: Paul Yee date: Groundwood Books; 2011 main character: Wei/Ray/Steel While coming out stories are quite common place in queer teen literature, few if any are about a Chinese immigrant to Canada. Wei’s father does a random check into to the history files of the family’s computer and discovers that his son […]

Review: Words with Wings

May 3, 2014

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Title: Words With Wings Author: Nikki Grimes Date: Wordsong; 2013 Main Character: Gabriella/Gabby I am always amazed at how books I read one after the other share similar themes, plots or characters. On the first leg of my trip to Amarillo, TX last week, I decided it was time to dive into Poetics of Space […]

book review: Black Mamba Boy

August 7, 2010

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title: Black Mamba Boy (long listed for the Orange Prize for fiction 2010) author: Nadifa Mohamed publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux; August, 2010 Main character: Jama To me, the Middle East is a true crossroad of the world and this really comes to light in Black Mamba Boy. In the book, it seems Jama’s quest […]

book review: Does my head look big in this?

August 4, 2010

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book review: Does my head look big in this? author: Randa Abdel-Fattah publisher: Scholastic, 2008 Main character: Amal Mohamed Nasrullah Abdel-Hakim Amal is a high school student in Australia. Things are going fairly well for her as she is doing good in school, has close friends, has a crush on a boy who is friendly […]

book review: Stringz

July 8, 2010

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Title: Stringz author: Michael Wenberg publisher: Westside Books main character: Jace Adams Jace changes schools every few months because his mother is unable to keep a job or a man. She loses them, and moves on, her child in tow. With so many new schools in his life, why does Wenberg choose to tell us […]

review: Out of My Mind

March 16, 2010

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Title: Out of My Mind author:  Sharon Draper date: Atheneum; March 2010 main character: Melody Brooks Melody is an 11 year old 5th grader who spends much of her day in a pink wheelchair but, as Melody says, the pink doesn’t make it cute, it’s still a wheelchair. Melody’s got a mom and a dad, […]

book review: He forgot to say goodbye

February 24, 2010

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book review:  He forgot to say goodbye author: Benjamin Alire Saenz date: 2008, Simon and Schuster main characters: Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove If I just said this is a superbly wonderful book would you rush out and buy it? He forgot will remain one of my all time favorites. This review, probably not so […]

review: Chenxi and the foreigner

February 7, 2010

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title: Chenxi and the foreigner author: Sally Rippin date: 2009, Annick Press main character: Anna White Given the title, you would think Chenxi would be the main character of this book. And given that the first chapter is his, you would expect to get to know him in this story and watch him develop. Throughout […]