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interview: Kathleen Burkinshaw

May 23, 2017

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They say ‘write what you know’ and that’s just what author Kathleen Burkinshaw has done with her first novel, The Last Cherry Blossom in which she fictionalizes her mother’s account of surviving the bombing of Hiroshima during WWII. I’m fortunate to be able to share with you a very open and personal interview that reveals the complexities […]

book review: Can You See Me Now

March 29, 2015


title: Can You See Me Now author: Estela Bernal date: Arte Publico; 2014 main character: Amanda “Mandy” Silva Can You See Me Now is Estela Bernal’s first published novel. It’s the story of Mandy Silva whose father is tragically killed on her 13th birthday. Her mother blames Mandy for her husband’s death and proceeds to […]

Male Monday: Matt de la Pena

June 17, 2013

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Matt de la Peña has released a new book. Infinity Ring Book 4: Curse of the Ancients is part of an MG series where each book is written by a different author. (A librarian’s nightmare to shelf!!) Sera has a secret. She’s seen the future, and it is terrifying. Unfortunately, she can’t do anything to […]

Saturday Trailer: Dork Diaries

February 16, 2013


What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Rachel Renee Russell is no doubt one of the most successful African American MG authors today. She currently has 6 books in her popular Dork Diaries Series published by Simon and Schuster with a 7th book scheduled for release later this year. I’m not always good […]

book review: Ain’t nothing but a man

January 5, 2012


title: Ain’t nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry author: Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson date: National Geographic Books for Children, 2008 MG nonfiction In Ain’t nothing but a man, Scott Reynolds walks us through his research to find out whether John Henry was a real man. His conversational […]

book review: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

June 15, 2011


What didn’t I like about this book? I didn’t like that there were no samples of the dumplings, no scratch and sniff pads and no recipes.