Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history. -- Turning [...]
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Jane and Isabel have worked as a sideshow attraction since their parents sold them to a carnival barker at the age of three. As conjoined twins, they are made to dance and sing or just be put on display for gawking crowds. The only true family they have are the other members of the troupe, people who live on the [...]
Pride by Ibi Zoboi In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. -- Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, [...]
I first heard about The Ship We Built this summer, but with how crazy my reading habits were in 2020, I forgot it was on my TBR pile. I was reminded of it when I was looking at the Michigan Notable Book Awards given by the Library of Michigan. And I am so grateful that I did! Now, first off, this [...]
The ALA (American Library Association) Youth Media Awards were announced this week. Check out this list of award winning titles, available at SDL! Printz Award (The best book written for teens) Winner: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri Honors: Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang Every Body Looking [...]
Hi there! This is Marissa, Adult Services Librarian and YA Book Lover. My book pick for this week is “American Street” by Ibi Zaboi. Fabiola Toussaint is a Haitian immigrant who movies to the west side of Detroit to live with her aunt and three cousins. Her mother is detained by U.S. immigration authorities during their journey. As Fabiola struggles [...]
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted and relied on them, but unbeknownst to him, some of the guards were part of a treasonous plan. -- "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John [...]
Were you as blown away by the first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman as I was? These titles celebrate more young voices from POC. Continue to explore and be moved by the power of words! (Book descriptions courtesy of School Library Journal reviews "For Us by Us: 16 Poetry Collections and Books by Black Poets for Black History Month [...]
How to Deal: Tarot for Everyday Life by Sami Main Written for novices and seasoned readers alike, How to Deal is packed with artwork and includes prompts, exercises, and layouts to give you the answers you're looking for. -- Manga Mania: How To Draw Japanese Comics by Christopher Hart Chris Hart, known for his very clear step-by-step illustrations and accompanying text, details how anyone [...]
It's a New Year and we have a bunch of new manga! Give Katie a call or email her to discover more of our hot new titles. And definitely put Spy X Family on your list. While only 2 volumes have been released in the US, more are on the way. It's a great time to get a jump start [...]