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Book Review: Justin (BlackTop series)

August 31, 2016

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title: Justine (BlackTop) author: LJ Alonge date: Grosset and Dunlap/Penguin; June 2106 main character: Justin Shaw ages 12-18 Justin is the first book in a trilogy written by newcomer L J Alonge. Justin is a tall, awkward 15 year-old who has more summer than money in his near future. He lives in a working class family […]

In Memory: Joyce Carol Thomas

August 24, 2016


Joyce Carol Thomas was an internationally known African American author. While I did not have the pleasure of ever meeting her, I did know her work. Thankfully for those of us now remembering or realizing Ms. Thomas, her work is available in bookstores and libraries for us to read. The NewYork Times reported that Ms. […]

Getting Down. Getting Over.

August 24, 2016


I’m beginning to feel like a one trick pony once again writing about When We Was Fierce. There’s just a little more to say on this front. And, this morning my head was filling with thoughts for several new posts, a possible new series and the idea that I really need to get back to […]

Rights Reports: July

August 16, 2016

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A snapshot of what’s on the horizon from authors of color or Native Americans, originally appearing in Publishers Weekly. Little, Brown has bought at auction Emily X.R. Pan‘s debut YA novel The Astonishing Color of After, plus an a second untitled standalone YA novel. In the first, a girl is convinced that her mother has transformed into a […]

August Releases

August 15, 2016


for a complete list of this years MG/YA books by Native American and Authors of Color click here. The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw; Sky Pony Press. (ages 11-13). Debut author. Yuriko is happy growing up in Hiroshima when it’s just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with […]

Guest Post: What Does When We Was Fierce Mean for Latinx Kids?

August 5, 2016


  Shortly after I started reading e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s When We Was Fierce (WWWF), whose release has been postponed due the incredible and critical work of Edith Campbell, Jennifer Baker, K.T. Horning, and Zetta Elliott, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by police. I already had a difficult time getting through the novel in verse […]


August 4, 2016

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An update from Candlewick. Exciting, yes, but let’s see what this means and where it leads. If your library has ordered copies of the book, it probably arrived this week. What do you intend to do with it?  

book review: Perfect Liar

August 2, 2016


title: Perfect Liars author: Kimberly Reid date: Tu Books/Lee & Low; 2016 main character: Andrea “Drea” Faraday young adult realistic fiction I was excited to see a new release from Kim Reid and for the most part, I was not let down. Perfect Liars is an innovative story that reflect today’s teens in their high risk […]