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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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“The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardenge

Frances Hardenge sets “The Lie Tree” (Amulet 2016) in Victorian England, amidst the argument of God vs. Darwin’s theory of evolution. Faith, 14 years old, soon-to-be a woman, must feign ignorance in order to discuss natural science. Speaking to a

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“Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” by Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin won the Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Award for his last three books including his most recent “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” (Roaring Brook 2016). No wonder. It’s thoroughly researched, clearly

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“Flannery” by Lisa Moore

Flannery, 16, lives with her charming but flaky mother in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Flannery says, “We used to be what’s called the working poor, but now we’re just plain old poor.” Her mother, Miranda, is an eco-artist, but that doesn’t

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“The Incident on the Bridge” by Laura McNeal

At the height of the two mile Coronado Bridge from the California mainland to the Island is a jumping spot. So many people have jumped from the 250 foot height that one of the surveillance cameras is trained right on

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