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review: The Bridge Home

August 14, 2019


title: The Bridge Home author: Padma Venkatraman date: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019 main character: Viji note: this review contains spoilers. I’ve marked where they begin and end. Padma Venkatraman has now published four books for young readers. She most often writes stories based in her Indian heritage and just as often reflects themes of social […]

interview: Lamar Giles

August 13, 2019


I thought this was the perfect time to interview Lamar Giles since these are for many students the last days of summer. I’m so glad he was available! Here, we discuss his latest books, The Last Day of Summer and Spin; inclusive writing and the pains of middle school. EC: When you were in middle school, were […]

About that class set of books!

August 10, 2019


An author recently queried on Facebook, “Is this a new thing, teachers going on Twitter asking authors to give them sets of books?” It seems that this is a thing. A bad thing. We all know how difficult it is for teachers to get supplies for their classrooms and we know they work hard to […]

Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus. And, Library Aide.

August 6, 2019


Sometimes, I find out more about people after their death than I knew when they were alive. I think this just serves to remind me that I leave a legacy, that we all do. I didn’t know that Toni Morrison had worked as a Library aid in Lorain, Ohio. Reflecting on that work, she stated […]

August Releases

July 31, 2019

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1 Aug They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez. Little A. ages 12-18 Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students—until Rocky […]

review: Seven Pablos

July 23, 2019

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title: Seven Pablos Author: Jorge Luján Illustrator: Chiara Carrer Translator: Mara Faye Lethem Date: Enchanted Lion Books; 2018 picture book ‘Pablo’ is a name that can mostly be found in Portugal, Spain and the countries they colonized  around the world. In Seven Pablos, Jorge Luján and Chiara Carrer provide a brief glimpse into the lives […]

review: The Poet X

July 18, 2019


title: The Poet X author: Elizabeth Acevedo date: HarperTeen; 2018 main character: Xiomara Batista YA fiction in verse Like Elizabeth Acevedo, the author of The Poet X, Xiomara Batista is Dominican American. I don’t know what other similarities exist between the two. I do know that The Poet X was Acevedo’s debut novel that has […]

#CollectiveResistance: Decolonizing Childhood Coalition

July 11, 2019


Wee the People Boston has teamed with two dozen organizations to make a public statement calling for action on behalf of immigrant families who are separated and detained by the U.S. government. We, as a community are asked to take action or to donate to the fundraiser. “As we head into a weekend of mass #LightsforLiberty protests, […]

July Releases

July 1, 2019

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Please, let me know what I’m missing! 2 July Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo. D C Ink. ages 12-16 When a tragic accident takes the life of the only family she’s ever known, 16-year-old Raven is sent to New Orleans to start over. She soon discovers that she can hear the thoughts of […]