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The Red Pencil–A Modern Day Anne Frank

I fully expected to NOT enjoy The Red Pencil because I had just finished another YA novel in this format. I was very pleasantly surprised to become caught up in Amira’s world and love this novel. The book opens peacefully enough as Amira celebrates a lovely,simple twelfth birthday celebration. She lives with her family in a picturesque village … Continue reading

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

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