Category Archives: Review

Review: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? (2015) is a love letter to all Nina Simone accomplished and all she wanted to be and all she had to leave to the side. It also lifts the veil of idolatry that so many mythic … Continue reading

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Review: WHEN THEY SEE US (2019)

The limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five, WHEN THEY SEE US, is harrowing to watch, and infuriating to contemplate. To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach and had to stop watching several times; I even considered … Continue reading

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Review: FINE by Rhea Ewing

As a comic about gender, Rhea Ewing’s FINE is pretty close to perfect. It is organized by topic, and the content is a collection of nuggets found in more than 50 interviews Ewing conducted over a decade. With painful and … Continue reading

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Review: Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA is a fast-paced middle-grade novel by Shakirah Bourne that blends the usual angst and challenges of middle grade stories (loss of a parent, best friend drama, questionable adults, feeling different) with mythology and magical threats to … Continue reading

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Review: The Stories Behind the Stories by Danielle Higley

THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES by Danielle Higley delves into how some of our favorite classics came to be. Whether they were sparked by an author’s childhood or by a publisher’s desire to give teachers more science stories, each example … Continue reading

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Review: Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton’s beautiful picture book YOUR LIFE MATTERS is a masterful expression of reassurance and love. It begins with a frightening and direct set of circumstances that might make young children, especially young Black children, feel like the world does … Continue reading

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Review: Where Do Creatures Sleep at Night? by Steven J. Simmons

This lovely picture book will satisfy curiosity about what some of the most familiar animals do at night, making it a wonderful bedtime read! WHERE DO CREATURES SLEEP AT NIGHT? by Steven J. Simmons is a rhyming collection of vignettes that provides … Continue reading

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Review: ALLERGIC by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter

ALLERGIC by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter is a graphic novel that addresses allergies to animals, and so much more. Maggie, the main character, is feeling alone at home and at school. Her parents are preparing for a new … Continue reading

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Review: ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER by Tami Charles

“They say that matter is all things that make up the universe: energy, stars, space…If that’s the case, then you, dear child, matter.” I’m not embarrassed to admit that the first line of ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER by Tami Charles brought … Continue reading

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Review: Swimming with Sharks (Wild Survival)

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS by Melissa Cristina Márquez is the #2 book in the Wild Survival series. As a stand alone story, readers do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this adventure. The Villalobos family has a … Continue reading

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