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Love, Hate & Other Filters/ Born Confused

  I thought it would be fun to do a ‘compare and contrast review of these two books, one published all the way back in 2004 and one to be published in January 2018. I  loved both these books:  romance-driven, … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Ahimsa is a rare thing: a historical novel about India aimed at children that doesn’t shy away from not only the harshness of British colonisation but also the horrible prejudice against Dalits, a very real problem in today’s India. Anjali, … Continue reading

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I Am Alfonso Jones

  This is a marvellously executed journey through the life, death and afterlife of one Alfonso Jones, high-school student, Harlem resident, trumpet-player and bike messenger.  In the early pages of the book we get to know Alfonso as a kid, … Continue reading

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Planet Middle School

  Nikki Grimes’s Planet Middle School, originally published in 2011 comes out next year with a brand new cover. This short verse novel tells the tale of Joylin, a tomboy who likes her jeans, basketball and her friends KeeLee and … Continue reading

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas present for a kid between seven and say eleven, the kind of kid who likes realistic stories with families, pets, enterprise, fun and perhaps a little heartbreak, I have found the book for … Continue reading

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When Morning Comes

  When Morning Comes was published last year by Tradewind Books, a small Canadian publisher committed to multicultural children’s publishing and flew completely under my radar. It’s a timely novel, with nationalism, white oppression and the struggles of the marginalised … Continue reading

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Rebel Seoul

Rebel Seoul has been described as Pacific Rim meets K-Drama, which is entirely valid, though the film it reminded me most of was Bladerunner. I loved this futuristic action thriller’s dystopian rain-soaked feel and all the noir-ish elements–no one is … Continue reading

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