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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “I Am Every Good Thing”

This book is dedicated to Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, EJ Bradford, Jordan Edwards, Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, and Julian Mallory.  Author Derrick Barnes explained in an interview: “I thought about all of the people who care about those young men … Continue reading

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Review of “A Stranger in Town” by Kelley Armstrong

Note: Slight spoilers for previous books in this series. This is the sixth installment of an unusual detective series that is set in the fictional town of Rockton, a hidden place in the Yukon that takes in people on the … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad” by Don Tate

This is a wonderful story about a little-known Black man born into freedom in 1821 who grew up determined to help enslaved blacks escape to the North. William’s parents were originally enslaved in Maryland. His father purchased his freedom and … Continue reading

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Review of “Troubled Blood” by Robert Galbraith

This is the fifth book in the very entertaining detective series by J.K. Rowling using the pen-name of Robert Galbraith.  The stories center around Cormoran Strike, a London private detective, and his partner Robin Ellacott. Strike, now 39, is an … Continue reading

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Black History Month Review of “Say Her Name” by Zetta Elliott

This collection of poems was inspired, according to the author’s Introduction, by “examples of Black excellence reported online alongside accounts of appalling brutality.” This book, she explains, is her way of bearing witness. She ends the Introduction frankly: “We do … Continue reading

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