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

Book Review: Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Tweet Finley goes into his senior year in high school knowing three things: he loves his girlfriend Erin, he plans to have a stellar year as point guard of his basketball team, and then, somehow, he will get out of … Continue reading

Book Review: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris

Tweet In southern California on the eve of World War II, Maddie and Lane go against each of their family’s wishes and marry. Although Maddie is white and Lane is a Nisei, an American born to parents who emigrated from … Continue reading

Book Review: The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell

Tweet Houston in 1968 was a volatile place with strained relations between blacks and whites. Schools were integrated just a few years before and the unrest there reflected much of what was happening in other parts of the country as … Continue reading

Book Review: Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Tweet Hibernia sure can sing. She loves to belt out songs just like her mama, who left many years ago seeking to perform in the nightclubs of Harlem. Willie is a boxer. When he’s sparring he pretends he’s jabbing Sampson, … Continue reading

Book Review: The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore

Tweet For more than a hundred years the Groves have been one of the first families of Nashville. Bezellia Grove, named for a famous ancestor, feels the pressure to live up to her mother’s expectations that she speak French fluently, … Continue reading

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