Posted in March 2013

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

“Concrete can rot. It turns green and black before crumbling away. Maybe only people from Congo know that.”¬† So begins this tale of Sophie Biyoya-Ciardulli’s summer vacation. As many modern children do, she was spending her summer break with her non-custodial parent, her mother. Unlike most children; however, her parents lived on two very different … Continue reading

“Red Scarf Girl” by Ji-li Jiang

The narrator/main character/author of this fantastic YA novel is Ji-li Jiang who lived the first ten years of her life feeling very lucky. As she describes her childhood in the beginning of the book, the reader is indeed treated to Ji-li Jiang’s description of a very lucky life. A loving and close family, a cozy … Continue reading

Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli

I came¬†across this gem during a search for books illustrated by Kadir Nelson. I was planning a study of his work as my Black History Month theme this year. As usual, Nelson’s illustrations are absolutely amazing. But the story of “Mama Miti” is also a wonderful tale of the work of Wangari Muta Maathai. Wangari … Continue reading