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Kid Lit Review of “Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free” by Alice Faye Duncan

The subtitle, “The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth,” refers to Opal Lee, who was born in Texas in 1926. As we learn in the back matter, her grandfather, the son of an enslaved mother, taught Opal about how … Continue reading

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June 13 – Birth of Poet William Butler Yeats & Review of “Yeats Now: Echoing Into Life” by Joseph M. Hassett

William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature, was born in County Dublin, Ireland, on June 13, 1865. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. He died in … Continue reading

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Review of “The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists” by America’s Test Kitchen 

What can be better than a recipe book that is actually fun even just to read all the way through? This book is characterized as being for “young scientists,” and indeed, I found it in the youth section of the … Continue reading

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Review of “A Rip Through Time” by Kelley Armstrong

This is one of those books that when you get to the end, you think, “Nooooo! I need the next installment right away!” Kelley Armstrong shows her writing strength once again in this compelling time-travel murder mystery romance, which begins … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey” by Lesa Cline-Ransome

In 1958, a group of young dancers led by choreographer Alvin Ailey performed for the first time. The style of dance was modern, drawing inspiration from Ailey’s “blood memories” of growing up in Texas, along with the influences of blues, … Continue reading

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