Friday, January 29, 2010

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

by Mildred Pitts Walter

Sure, he can catch a greased pig at a local rodeo, but can he bake biscuits? Ten-year-old Justin struggles to "feel like a guy" in a family dominated by females.

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

by Langston Hughes

Like the steady and determined flow of a river, this poem carries readers along as Hughes draws a metaphorical connection between the waterways of the world and African-American culture.

The Rock and the River

by Kekla Magoon

True to the young teen’s viewpoint, this taut, eloquent first novel will make readers feel what it was like to be young, black, and militant 40 years ago, including the seething fury and desperation over the daily discrimination that drove the oppressed to fight back.

Mare's War

by Tanita S. Davis

On a parent-mandated cross-country road trip with Mere, their unpredictable grandmother, 15-year-old Octavia and 17-year-old Tali make the transformation from complaining, self-absorbed teens to observant, supportive family members. Mere promises not to smoke if the sisters promise not to use earphones on their way to a family reunion. And then she begins to tell her life story.

My People

by Langston Hughes

Illustrator Smith's artful images engage in a lyrical and lively dance with Langston Hughes's brief ode to black beauty. Dramatic sepia portraits of African Americans—ranging from a cherubic, chubby-cheeked toddler to a graying elder whose face is etched with lines-are bathed in shadows, which melt into black backgrounds.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Kids will love the colorful language of the Old West, and the bold and dynamically rendered scenes of the heroic Reeves capturing the bad guys. And, they'll learn how the lawman - who was both greatly respected and feared - used his wits and intelligence, courage and character to bring more than 3,000 criminals to justice with fewer than 14 deaths in the line of duty.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Witches

by Roald Dahl

The Lemonade War

by Jacqueline Davies

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Girl Who Hated Books

by Manjusha Pawagi

Meena is more than a reluctant reader. She abhors books. Even though her parents are avid bibliophiles and her house is filled with reading material, the girl refuses to open a book. Her only ally is Max, the family cat, who has been book phobic ever since an atlas fell on his tail. Only a household accident that sends volumes flying and characters cascading out of books can change Meena's mind.


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