Category: Book Reviews

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

What a moving and timely story! Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives in the black ghetto of Garden Heights and goes to a white private Williamson in “The Hate U Give” (2017 Balzer & Bray) by Angie Thomas. At her white school

“Dreamland Burning” by Jennifer Latham

Rowan Chase, 17, the daughter of a white oil magnate father and a black lawyer mother finds a skeleton under the floorboards in the “back house” of her spiffy Greenwood area Tulsa home in “Dreamland Burning” (Little Brown 2017) by

“A List of Cages” by Robin Roe

Affable Adam, a senior, appears to have a perfect life. Maybe he’s a little wired, but he’s lovable, affable, and he’s everyone’s friend. His Mom deals with his ADHD with homeopathic drops so he’s on no hard medications. His elective

“The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

What a perfect cast for a love story! Natasha, 17, is slated to be deported from New York City with her family, back to Jamaica. Daniel’s parents immigrated from Korea and had their children in the U.S. They run an

“The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry

“The Passion of Dolssa” (Viking 2016) by Julie Berry is certainly an oddity in the world of young adult literature—and what a terrific oddity. The subject matter will not be found in many U.S. high school curriculums. Set in 13th

“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

“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

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

“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,

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