A review of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe’s Radiant Child garnered both the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator award, a first for any children’s book in the history of the awards. Evoking Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art with his own work, Steptoe uses a similarly bright color palette and found objects including salvaged wood pieces for his canvas. Radiant Child is a wonderful exploration of a brilliant artist’s beginnings by another brilliant artist. more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of March: Book Three by John Lewis

The biggest news to come out of yesterday's ALA Youth Media Awards was the record breaking honors received by the third in Rep. John Lewis's graphic novel series about his extraordinary involvement in the civil rights movement. The first two volumes in the series have been met with wide praise and awards of their own, and in addition to a more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Atlanta on Monday.   A list of 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly more

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January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF by Brandon Montclare

The smartest person in the Marvel Universe is 9 years old.Lunella Lafayette (who goes by the nickname Moon Girl) is super brilliant and therefore super bored in her school. She prefers to spend her time inventing things and searching for the very important Omni-Wave Projector. Life takes a turn for the extra weird when a bright red dinosaur arrives (bringing along some cavemen who call themselves the Killer Folk).  This book has a lot of detail and characters packed in, but it’s not so more

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January 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

Pop-culture blogger, intersectional feminist, and super funny Anjayi Luvvie wants us all to do better, and lucky for us she wrote it all down in a handy manual. With chapter titles like "When Baehood Goes Bad", "Your Facebook is My Favorite Soap Opera" and "Zamunda Is Not a Country. Neither is Africa" Luvvie shrewdly (and hilariously) lays out some no-nonsense Miss Manners business for the digital age, always being sure to offer suggestions for acting right after taking down those among us who more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles Is it time to start talking 2017 titles already? January tends to be one of the slower months in publishing, but there are a few notables to look forward to in the new year. One of the most anticipated is Jane Harper’s Australian mystery The Drywhich was a hit with our more

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January 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

This truly funny mystery is a sequel to Trouble is a Friend of Mine, and if you haven't read the first, NOTHING is more important than getting your hands on it right away and reading it cover to cover in one sitting. I'll wait. Ok, you guys, Digby is back! Still troubled, still obsessed with finding his sister's abductor, still hilarious, and still unable to leave Zoe alone, Digby rushes back into town and pulls her more

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January 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick swears an awful lot for someone who considers herself to be the Mayor of Squaresville.  I have no problem with this, it's just an observation.  She's super talented, down-to-earth and definitely a little scrappy.  She's been nominated for an Academy Award, starred in some big films like Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, Twilight and Up in the Air and was nominated for a Tony Award as a child actor in the Broadway musical High more

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January 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Choosers of the Slain by James Cobb

In a previous review I mentioned how I'd been seeking out books with strong, intelligent, competent, female protagonists. Well Choosers' main character hits on all of those and she has a great, action packed story to boot. Amanda Garrett's first naval command is the USS Cunningham, a newly designed destroyer with stealth capabilities**. She and her crew are enjoying a respite in Rio de Janeiro when all hell breaks out at the South Pole. Argentina has suddenly launched an attempt to more

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January 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Beard Science by Penny Reid

The Winston brothers, all six of them, are well-known figures around their small hometown of Green Valley, Tennessee.  Partly this is due to each brother’s luxurious beard growth, but it’s also because the Winstons each have exceptional talents that capture the attention of the local denizens. Cletus, brother number three and star of Penny Reid’s romantic comedy Beard Science, has earned the town’s wary more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 4, 2017 | 0 comments
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