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… Read More interview: Lamar Giles
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… Read More About that class set of books!
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… Read More Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus. And, Library Aide.
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… Read More review: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
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… Read More August Releases