Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Tweet Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, Jacqueline Woodson’s heart lived in two places: South Carolina, where she, her mother, and her siblings lived with her grandparents for several years, and Brooklyn, where she moved when she was still … Continue reading

Book Review: Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

Tweet The story of Josephine Baker is legendary. Born into poverty in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906, she rose to become a world-celebrated performer who advocated for civil rights and helped the cause of the French in World War II. … Continue reading

Book Review: We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy, illustrated Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Tweet The song most associated with the civil rights movement in the U.S., is now the topic of a picture book for children. Written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, … Continue reading

Book Review: Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Tweet Teenager Shayne Blank walks into the local police station with a confession: he has killed someone. Detective Rawls is skeptical, but agrees to take his statement. The story unfolds through chapters that tell what Rawls hears, and others told … Continue reading

Book Review: Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy

Tweet When a tragic accident takes the life of the 5-year-old she is babysitting, Danielle is pulled into issues beyond her control. Everyone seems to want the accident to be about something else—poor lighting on the road, lack of a … Continue reading

Book Review: When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Right Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis

Tweet Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis has created a new book of poems for young people about the lives of those around the world who sought to break race, class and sexual equality barriers through their actions. When Thunder … Continue reading

Book Review: The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto

Tweet Danny Rorro is happy growing up in his mostly Italian neighborhood in Queens, where he is known as Domino, or little Dominick, after his dad. But the neighborhood is changing, and as much as Danny would like to believe … Continue reading

Book Review: Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli

Tweet Glow is a fascinating story that starts during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1940s and goes back in time to tell the story of a remote mountainous region in Georgia and the generations of … Continue reading

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