Tag Archives: We Need Diverse Books

Review: Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson’s second YA novel, RISE TO THE SUN, is a summery, dramatic, fun story that weaves serious emotional pain and challenges with a story about friendship, falling in love, and realizing one’s importance in the world. Told via alternating … Continue reading

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Review: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega is a ghostly adventure book that centers girl-power, friendship, the power of family legacy and connection, and conquering fears – both large and small. Ortega has created main characters in Lucely and Syd who … Continue reading

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Review: A Dream So Dark by L. L. McKinney

I put off starting L. L. McKinney’s follow-up to A BLADE SO BLACK for months because I was afraid the second in the series would be a disappointment. I should have been brave. A DREAM SO DARK continues Alice’s adventures … Continue reading

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Review: For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

Makeda June Kirkland, “Keda,” is an 11-year-old transracial adoptee (she is Black, her parents and sister are white) whose family moves across the country and far away from her home, her school, and her best friend. That disruption would be … Continue reading

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Review: Nightmare Detective: The Skeleton King

Nightmare Detective: The Skeleton King by first-time author Monk Inyang, is a fast-paced and fun read that addresses both fighting fears (real and imagined) and strengthening confidence in young people. The novel’s main character, 12-year old Uko Hill, a Black boy … Continue reading

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Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats

The SECRET CODERS, a trio of friends diverse in personalities, gender, and ethnicity, are up against Dr. One-Zero once again. This time there is the added drama of finding a clue that may lead to Hopper’s missing dad! This fourth … Continue reading

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February Read: Three Out of #1000BlackGirlBooks

Every publication from Vibe to Jezebel is talking about Marley Dias, the 11-year old New Jersey girl who is holding a book drive for 1000 books with Black female protagonists. No stranger to activism, Marley is clearly a DO person, not a … Continue reading

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