book review: Front Desk

April 22, 2019

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title: Front Desk author: Kelly Yang date: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); 2018 main character: Mia Tang middle grade realistic fiction Front Desk is based in Kelly Yang’s real life experiences, making it an #ownvoices novel. In the Author’s Notes, she explains how situations in the story evolved from her growing up and helping her […]

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A More Economic View

April 19, 2019

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I think my book reviews have consumed more of my energy than any of my other types of posts. I don’t mean that in the sense that they are the most time consuming (which they are) but because they’re the posts I work hardest to get right. I think when I first began writing them, […]

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Tuesday Musings

April 9, 2019

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I missed my Sunday posting, but there are just a few things on my mind. This weekend, Dr. Debbie Reese will deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, “An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature.” The event is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For those of us who cannot attend, a livestream will […]

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book review: Usual Suspects

April 7, 2019

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title: Usual Suspects author: Maurice Broaddus date: Katherine Tegen Books; May, 2019 main character: Thelonius Mitchell MG Realistic Fiction This review is based on an advanced copy. Maurice Broaddus, an African American male writer, breaks into writing for middle graders with Usual Suspects. His previous short stories, novels and novellas have been written for adults. […]

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April New Releases

April 2, 2019

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1Apr Around Harvard Square by C.J. Farley. Akashic Books. Tosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he’s made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Not so fast! Once on campus, he’s ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard’s legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon. Tosh soon finds that joining the […]

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book review: The Jumbies

March 30, 2019

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title: The Jumbies author: Tracey Baptiste date: Algonquin, 2016 main character: Corinne La Mer mg fiction Tracey Baptiste has been writing nonfiction and for quite a while. The Jumbies, her first book in this series, debuted in 2015. Rise of the Jumbies released in 2017 and The Jumbie God’s Revenge comes out this September. Baptise, a […]

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review: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

March 29, 2019

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title: Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon author: Carla Killough McClafferty date: Holiday House; 2018 nonfiction; ages 10 and up Carla Killough McClafferty is a children’s nonfiction author who has written biographies on Marie Curie, Varian Fry and George Washington. Buried Lives, her most recent books is meant to focus on […]

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#CollectiveResistance: Kidlit for Christchurch

March 25, 2019

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Here’s the youth literature community doing what it does best: #collectiveresistance. In this instance, the community is coming together to provide immediate support for the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand. I did not work to organize this event, but I want to do what I can to support this fund raising effort and I […]

This is Who We Are

March 25, 2019

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The We Are Kidlit Summer Reading List has become a constant in my life. For five years now, I’ve been able to gather a group of well respected individuals from the world of literature and collaborate with them to build a truly unique reading list for young readers. They come back year after year simply […]

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