Author: Patricia Hruby Powell

“March: Book Three” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

U.S. Congressman John Lewis from Georgia was having a meeting with his 2008 re-election committee, when staff member, Andrew Aydin, mentioned he was on his way to a comic book convention. When other committee members teased Aydin, Lewis remembered that

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“Ghost” by Jason Reynolds

His name is Castle Crenshaw, but he calls himself Ghost. He’s been running ever since his drunk father came after him and his mother with a gun, aiming to kill, in the book, “Ghost” (Atheneum 2016), by Jason Reynolds. So

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Second Loving vs. Virginia Giveaway – Thanksgiving

Loving, the movie, is spectacular. The actors were cast to look just like the characters they portray. What’s more, the essence of each character is true, with few exceptions, to my mind. Joel Edgerton looks so much like Richard Loving I don’t

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“Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey” by Özge Samanci

“Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey” (Farrar Straus Giroux 2015) by Özge Samanci is an inspiring memoir and a more-than-charming graphic novel. It follows and eventually answers the universal questions: What do I want? Who am I? What’s more,

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Research for Loving vs. Virginia: a documentary novel

Loving vs. Virginia is an informational book or a “documentary novel.” The story is told in verse in the voices of Mildred Jeter (African American and Indian) and Richard Loving (white). The couple grew up together, fell in love, married

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“Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West” by Candace Fleming

Buffalo Bill, born in Iowa as William Frederick Cody in the mid-1800s was a showman who would create the perceptions that persist today as the American West. The Codys and their seven children moved west to lawless Kansas. Several children

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First “Loving vs. Virginia” Give Away Winner

Thank you everyone for signing up for the blog and commenting so you might win my book, Loving vs. Virginia. Remember, you have to comment to get a book, so that I will know if you want one. So, if you haven’t left

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“Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

Last year Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. Her newest book, Another Brooklyn (Amistad/Harper 2016) is published and marketed as an adult book. This novel about four black girls

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Why I wrote Loving vs. Virginia – Book Give Away

Loving vs Virgina

  Loving vs. Virginia, a documentary novel told in verse by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland has a release date of January 31, 2017.   But I have some early copies in hand (not ARCs, but the

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Graphic Novels: “Child Soldier,” “Roller Girl,” “Baba Yaga’s Assistant”

Graphic novels can be a fantastic way to get a reluctant young adult to read. A reader of graphic novels develops visual acuity, but this takes exposure, maybe some practice. But it’s really fun. Graphic novels no longer feature just

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