book review: Usual Suspects

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.… Read More book review: Usual Suspects

review: Watch Us Rise

title: Watch Us Rise author: Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan date: Bloomsbury; 12 February 2019 YA fiction This review is based on an advance copy. Watch Us Rise. Watson and Hagan’s collaborative fiction, Watch Us Rise, was a book I easily find to be centered in black girl literacies. The powerful statement that entitles the… Read More review: Watch Us Rise