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August 21, 2019

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title: The Last Day of Summer author: Lamar Giles illustrator: Dapo Adeola date: Versify; April 2019 main characters: Otto Alston and Sheed Alston SFF Review based on an advanced copy Otto and Sheed are young Black boys, cousins actually who live with their grandmother in Logan County, Virginia. The two couldn’t be more different. Otto […]

review: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

August 1, 2019

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title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground author: Rita Williams-Garcia date: Amistad; 2017 main character: Clayton Byrd death; music; forgiveness Clayton Byrd wants to be a bluesman like Cool Papa Byrd. He wants his opportunity while playing with the Bluesmen to come in and solo for his twelve bars so bad, but Cool Papa keeps telling Clayton […]

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. […]

review: Watch Us Rise

January 3, 2019

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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 […]

interview: Ibi Zoboi

December 19, 2018

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I thought that an interview with Ibi Zoboi would be a nice way to close out 2018 and move into 2019 because of all the good stuff she’s got going on. I particularly enjoy how this interview reveals her skill at editing anthologies and her passion for children. Thanks, Ibi for taking the time to […]

author interview: Claire Kann

March 2, 2018

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Claire Kann has released several award winning novels on Wattpad. Let’s Talk About Love is her debut YA release from a traditional publisher. I am completely enthralled with its cover.  Recently,  Claire was gracious enough to agree to an interview. I think you’ll appreciate getting to know her and will look forward to reading Let’s Talk About […]

book review: Marley Dias Gets It Done (and so can you!)

February 27, 2018

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Title: Marley Dias Gets it Done Author: Marley Dias Date: Scholastic; January 2018 nonfiction I hate that I couldn’t hear Marley Dias open ALAMidwinter because I would love to have had the opportunity to hear this dynamo speak. In 2015, Marley began an initiative she dubbed #1000BlackGirlbBooks because she wanted to see more books featuring […]

Interview: Ronald L. Smith

January 26, 2018

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I remember when you debuted with Hoodoo! It seems like just last year, but that was back in 2015. What have you been doing since then? Well, I’ve been adjusting to the life of a full-time writer. It’s not as easy and productive as one might think. It takes a lot of discipline, and every […]

When Women Speak: Kelly Starling Lyons

November 9, 2017

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Additional essays in this series: Zetta Elliott: Nice Is Not Enough Traci Sorrell: Why Do You Speak Out? Justina Ireland: There is A Minefield and You Will Become a Demolitions Expert Ambelin Kwaymullina: On Being Loud and Hopeful Cheryl Willis Hudson: Women Lead the Independent Publishing Movement Laura Jiménez: Static Bodies in Motion: Representations of Girls in […]