Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Crossover

The Crossover is the winner of the 2015 Newbery medal. A verse novel about twin brothers Josh and Jordan (JB), both almost thirteen, both keen basketball players and rivals on and off the court. As Josh says:   If we … Continue reading

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X

X is a novelisation of the early life and transformation of Malcolm Little to Malcolm X. Written by well-known YA author Kekla Magoon with Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, the story is grippingly told, weaving forward and back in time from … Continue reading

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Inside Out & Back Again and Listen, Slowly

  Thanhha Lai won a Newbery Honor for Inside Out and Back Again, her verse novel based on her  family’s harrowing escape from Vietnam at the end of the war. I expected the book to be sad, beautiful, moving. What … Continue reading

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Rad Women Worldwide

I haven’t read the first in the series (Rad American Women) but I can recommend Rad Women Worldwide as a fascinating compendium of heroines. From the well-known, e.g. Malala, Venus & Serena Williams and Frida Kahlo to the less well-known … Continue reading

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American Street

                                    American Street is a wonderful book: a gritty teen tragedy with magic realist elements woven beautifully into the whole. Fabiola is US-born but … Continue reading

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Flying Lessons & other stories.

This is a lovely ten story anthology of diverse authors, mostly contemporary ( one historical tale by Grace Lin.) Standouts for me were Kwame Alexander’s funny, off-beat, superhero story, Matt de la Pena’s tale of a  summer of basketball and … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve reviewed Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming  here but the more I read of her work, the more I feel this amazing writer is underappreciated by the US kidlit world and is sadly almost completely unknown in the U.K. True,  Brown Girl Dreaming won a National … Continue reading

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