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Kid Lit Review of “Because Claudette” by Tracey Baptiste 

Claudette Colvin was born in 1939. Because, at age 15, in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1955, she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person, she was arrested. Few people are aware of the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Sewing Girl’s Tale” by John Wood Sweet – Non-Fiction Account of 1st Published Rape Trial in America

This non-fiction account of the first published rape trial in American history begins in the early hours of September 5, 1793, when a 17-year-old New York girl named Lanah Sawyer was taken to a brothel and raped by 26-year-old Harry … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Stitch by Stitch: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly Sews Her Way to Freedom” by Connie Schofield-Morrison 

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly, called Lizzy, was born into slavery in Virginia in February 1818. In spite of her initial status, she went on to achieve renown as a seamstress and dressmaker to Varina Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis), Mary Custis … Continue reading

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Review of “Moon of the Crusted Snow” by Waubgeshig Rice 

This post-apocalyptic story is set in a small Anishinaabe community in a far north Canadian community. Evan Whitesky, 24, has a family of four, and had been trying to keep alive his Ojibwe culture, which had always been marked by … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just” by Mélina Mangal

Ernest Everett Just, born in 1883 in Charleston, South Carolina, overcame a background fraught with hardship and heartbreak to become a pioneering African-American biologist, academic, and writer. His primary contribution was the recognition of the fundamental role of the cell … Continue reading

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