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review: A Very, Very Noisy Tractor

March 25, 2016


title: A Very, Very Noisy Tractor author: Mar Pavón illustrator: Nivola Uyá date: Cuento do Luz, 2013 picture book If you’ve ever been a woman, a person of color, Native American, disabled, overweight, too short, too poor, queer, or gifted with any other reason for someone to marginalize you then you’ll have a real affection […]

review: Down to the Bone

March 24, 2016

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title: Down to the Bone Author: Mayra Lazara Dole date: Harper Collins 2008 main character: Laura   It’s close to the last day in this Miami high school and a love letter has Laura fantasizing about celebrating her anniversary with Marlena, the love of her life. The daydream is cut short when Sister Asunción snatches […]

We Are the People 2016

March 24, 2016


We Are the People is once again providing a summer list for all our children. It includes books written or illustrated by Native Americans or people of color. Some have disabilities. Others are LGBTQIA. All are books that we would proudly place in any child’s hands. With careful, critical consideration, this year’s list was created by […]

Keeping It Relevant

March 22, 2016


I’ve been busy lately, but there have been some pretty major events in the news that were difficult to miss. A couple of them relate directly to middle grade/young adult literature. President Obama became the first US president on 90 years to visit Cuba. US-Cuba Relations have been intense since 1898 but in 1961, they […]

This n That

March 16, 2016


If you are a YALSA member I’m on the ballot to be on the Printz Committee and I’d appreciate your vote. IF you are an ALSC member, please consider voting for Angie Manfredi, Sujei Lugo and Thaddeus Andrecki (both of whom have ended up at the bottom of the list). These individuals are as committed […]

March Releases

March 12, 2016

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Native/author of color releases by the numbers for March: 2013: 7 2014: 11 2015: 19 2016: 13   Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Candlewick. Ages 14 and up. Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. […]

Book review: The House You Pass on the Way

March 10, 2016

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title: The House You Pass on the Way author: Jacqueline Woodson date: Delacorte Press, 1997 main character: Staggerlee Canan   “And freedom? Oh, freedom. Well that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.” Any book that begins in the winter is gong to be a cold, lonely story and […]


March 6, 2016


We’re firmly in the month of March. Keep coming back here because I will post the March releases by authors of color before the month ends. I promise. February was filled with Writers on Writing and reviews of sources on enslavement. March may be quieter because of offline responsibilities but, I do hope to review […]

book review: Peas and Carrots

March 5, 2016


title: Peas and Carrots author: Tanita S. Davis date: Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; February 2016 main characters: Hope Carter and Odessa (Dess) Matthews young adult realistic fiction Hope is used to her family taking in foster children, but she’s not used to having a foster sister so close to her own age. Her parents are already […]