Talking about Books That Talk about Race

Not a “Newbery Buzz” post because these titles were published before 2016 and are already award winners! But, for similar posts in which Janie and Betsy discuss books, check out our Newbery Buzz series. Janie: Earlier this week, we reviewed two novels about what might be called “the black experience.”  One of them, When I Was 

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When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds.  Atheneum, 2014, 230 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Recommended for: mature teens, ages 15-18 Bottom Line: A black teen in the ‘hood struggles to maintain his focus when his best friend takes a wrong turn with potentially serious consequences. Even though Allen (Ali) and his 

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Atheneum, 2015. 320 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 15-18 Recommended For: mature teens, ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Rashad (a black guy) and Quinn (a white guy) take turns narrating this timely and moving young adult realistic fiction story about police brutality and standing up for what’s 

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Home Library Organization Series

Home Library Organization: Analyzing The Situation

Home Library Organization is a mini-series based on a presentation I originally gave to a homeschool group when I was a professional librarian years ago. These are updated thoughts based on my current experience as a home librarian surrounded by little boys and lots of books! I’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk through 

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Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.  Random House, 2016, 193 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 6-12, especially boys Bottom Line: The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. In 

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