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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Like A Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song” by Cynthia Grady

The title of this collection of African American spirituals came from a story told by Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who courageously returned to the South on some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends. As the … Continue reading

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Review of “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

Most of us think we are the captains of our souls. But in fact, as neural Darwinists tell us, we are the product of, as we develop, selective reinforcement of different neural pathways. If certain behaviors are rewarded in some … Continue reading

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Review of “Gem & Dixie” by Sara Zarr

Gem, 17, and Dixie, 14, are two sisters who live in Seattle with extremely dysfunctional parents. The dad is currently absent and the mom is just barely around; she drinks, takes drugs, brings home boyfriends, and hardly provides for the … Continue reading

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Review of “By the Book” by Julia Sonneborn

Note: Slight spoilers if you don’t know the story of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Retellings are difficult. For one thing, fans of the original already know the story, so the plot arc is predictable. A lot of innovation is required to … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Young, Gifted and Black” by Jamia Wilson

The subtitle of this book is “Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present,” with author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins introducing us (or reacquainting us) with 52 visionary leaders from black history. In the opening “Welcome” to the … Continue reading

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