Tag Archives: African-American

Towers Falling

I was interested to see what the author of Cybils finalist Bayou Magic would do with the topic of September 11, just recently far enough in the past for students to need to learn about it in school. Towers Falling … Continue reading

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Two Naomis

Tomorrow is Cybils Day!  I’m still reading finalists at home and am happy to report that my daughter gave two thumbs up to Early Chapter Books Finalists Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban. Thanks once again to … Continue reading

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#WNDB Wednesday: the Treasure of Maria Mamoun and Summer Showers

An island mystery – and cupcakes for the county fair. What could be better? The Treasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun and Summer Showers. Cupcake Cousins Number 2 by Kate Hannigan. Continue reading

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School Stories: Booked and Spirit Week Showdown

Booked by Kwame Alexander. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. In Alexander’s second sports-and-life novel in verse after Newbury-winning The Crossover, middle schooler Nick loves soccer more than anything.  Except possibly his best friend Coby, now playing on a rival team, and … Continue reading

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Little Robot

I finally made it to Ben Hatke’s last graphic novel – just in time for his next one, Mighty Jack, to come out on September 6. Little Robot by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2015 This nearly wordless graphic novel follows … Continue reading

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Something Like Love by Beverly Jenkins

A few months ago, there was an article in Book Page magazine about Beverly Jenkins and her new novel, Forbidden.  Wait – a Michigan historical romance author of color I was completely ignorant of?  (Ok, given that I read maybe … Continue reading

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Under a Painted Sky

I know, it’s almost June, and here I am still working on my Top 10 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To.   Once again, though, this cross-dressing adventure was worth the wait. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. G.P. Putnam’s … Continue reading

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Peas and Carrots

This is one that lots of other bloggers I trust liked – intriguing enough to induce me to read contemporary YA. Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. The story alternates between the points of view … Continue reading

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Cybils Teen Graphic Novel Finalists

The last of my series reading selections from the 2015 Cybils finalists – here are the others: Cybils Teen Spec Fic Finalists Cybils Countdown – Easy Reader Finalists Cybils Countdown – Picture Book Finalists Cybils Countdown – MG Graphic Novel Finalists … Continue reading

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The Gaither Sisters Series

My friends have been raving about this series since the first book came out, but I waited until the whole series was out to dive in. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad/HarperCollins, 2010. It’s 1968, and 10-year-old Delphine is … Continue reading

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