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The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade Written by Natasha Tarpley Published by Scholastic, 2017 ISBN #978-0-545-78387-3   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   Art, adventure, and activism are at the center of The Harlem Charade, Natasha Tarpley’s novel about three very different seventh graders who unite to solve a series of mysteries in their own backyard […]

The Way to Bea

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The Way to Bea Written by Kat Yeh Published by Little, Brown 2017 ISBN: 978-0-316-23667-6 Grades 5-8 Book Review “I mean, how do you keep someone and make sure they don’t leave? How do you figure out how to be and how to act, so they don’t even want to begin to think about leaving?” […]

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia Published by Amistad, 2017 ISBN 978-0-06-221691-8   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   “When, Cool Papa, when?” For young Clayton Byrd, all that matters is when he’ll get finally the chance to play a twelve-bar solo on his blues harp (harmonica) with his grandfather’s blues […]

Bronze and Sunflower

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Guest blogger Fang Jia jointly authored this week’s entry with Mary Ann. In China, Fang teaches Chinese language and literature. Currently, she studies Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College. Bronze and Sunflower Written by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang, illustrated by Meilo So Published by Candlewick Press, 2017 Originally published in Mandarin, 2005 ISBN: […]

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish Written by Kate Messner Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Grades 4-8 ISBN: 978-1-61963-376-6 Book Review  “I must have imagined the voice. I have magic flowers and crystal dresses and wishes swirling around my brain, and that all added up to a fish talking.” Life for twelve-year-old Charlie Brennan suddenly changes when she […]

The Gallery

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

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A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review “These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an American, New York City-born. And why not? Because, in a way, I was born here.” Rocco Zaccaro is ripped away from […]

Crenshaw

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By Katherine Applegate Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-250-04323-8 Book Review Things are changing at Jackson’s house. “Back in the old days, when we always had food in the house, I would whine if we were out of my favorite stuff. But lately we’ve been running out of everything.” He has good reason […]

2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Echo: A Novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo: A Novel 2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Written by Pam Munoz Ryan Published in 2015 by Scholastic Grades 3-8 Book Review Pam Muñoz Ryan, acclaimed author of Esperanza Rising and The Dreamer, has merged fairy tale with historical fiction in her beautifully crafted new novel Echo. Dinara Mirtalipova’s intricate black-and-white illustrations signal the fairy […]

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Shane W. Evans Published by Little Brown in 2014 ISBN-13: 9780316247801 Grades 4 and up Book Review Turning twelve is supposed to be an important and celebratory experience for Amira. And at first, it is: she’s finally old enough to wear a toob, the […]