These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vonda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
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A winner of the 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, The Book Itch is an account based on the true story of Lewis Michaux Sr.'s National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem. He opened it in the 1930s and had to battle the notion that "Black people don't read." Told in his son's (Lewis Michaux Jr.) point of view, his dad proved everyone wrong by making it a place for prominent people such as Malcolm X (who was friends with Lews Michaux Sr.), Muhammed Ali, Eartha Kitt, and Langston Hughes to exchange ideas and buy books. Malcolm X gave interviews and speeches at the bookstore. "The House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda", just down the street from the Apollo Theater, was forced to close its doors in 1975, but the legacy lives on in words, ideas, and social change.
The Hueys: What's the Opposite? by Oliver Jeffers
A couple of my sixth grade girls read this title for our dystopian unit and highly recommended it - they're both on to the third book in the series. Then my 7th grade girls' book club chose it for their March book club book. I loved it - Cia is a likable and strong character - a contestant in the post-war society for The Testing, a high-stakes competition set up to see who will pass in order to attend the University and become vital for the survival of the United Commonwealth. Her father, though, warns her to trust no one. She is taken from her family and everything she loves in order to be a part of the prestigious (and deadly) tests. Tomas, a childhood friend, becomes her ally and romantic interest, but can she even trust him? Sinister, suspenseful, and a must-read!
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