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Book cover Firebird
Misty Copeland (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christopher Myers
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Poetry, Read Aloud, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

A young African-American dancer is feeling less confident about herself as she compares herself to the forever graceful ballerina, Misty Copeland. Her sadness is echoed through poetic words of hopelessness, but Misty Copeland assures the young dancer that she too can achieve great heights and soar as the Firebird. Colorful and dynamic illustrations capture the despair and hope of the story and send a powerful message that can breathe life into every aspiring dancer and person willing to live out their dreams.

Book cover Lion Lion
Miriam Busch (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Larry Day
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Humor, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Bold and inviting illustrations help capture everything that is going on in this laugh-out-loud reading adventure. You will discover things are definitely not what they appear to be as a young boy goes out looking for Lion. Lion is out on the prowl too, but he is looking for lunch! Find out what happens when the boy is finally united with Lion in this imaginative and cleverly written tale.

Book cover The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
Brenda Woods (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction

Violet Diamond happens to be a biracial 11-year girl old living in Seattle. Sadly, Violet`s African- American dad died two months before she was born in a tragic car accident. She lives with her mom, who is Caucasian, in a predominantly white neighborhood. Violet has to deal with stereotypes, teasing and coming to terms with her own biracial identity as she enters the pre-teen world. This book delves into religion and race and brings up topics that could lead to very strong discussions about how we are defined and how we define ourselves.

Reviewed by: Viviette / Beatties Ford Road Library
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Ulonda, age 85 from NC
She has a lot of questions about family and race. Join Violet as she discovers more about herself, love, and family in `The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond.`

Book cover The Perfect Place
Teresa E. Harris (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction

Treasure’s dad has disappeared... again. Treasure is tired of moving every time her father gets tired of where they are. She’s ready to “stay [somewhere] long enough to catch her breath.” And this time, as her mom must leave them to search for their dad, Treasure and her sister, Tiffany, have to stay with Great-Aunt Grace. GAG (as the girls secretly refer to her) lives in the small town of Black Lake, Virginia, where she owns a candy shop. Unfortunately, GAG is not the kind of candy store owner that you might be picturing—she’s gruff, her cooking is terrible, and most of all she doesn’t “take no sass” from Treasure and Tiffany. Treasure decides early on that Great-Aunt Grace is just plain mean. Will Treasure and Tiffany get used to Great-Aunt Grace’s rules and habits? Will their mother find their father and take them away from Black Lake? Will they ever find “the perfect place"?

Reviewed by: Amanda / Matthews Library

Book cover Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad
Monica Edinger (2013) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Robert Byrd
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

The slave ship called Amistad is on its way to America when a revolt happens and the would-be slaves take over. Soon, nine-year-old Magulu and her African companions are taken to trial in the Supreme Court over their freedom. With the help of John Quincy Adams, they are able to win their freedom and must find a way back to Africa. Inspired by a true story, follow Magulu as her tale unravels to reveal the hardships she overcame to make it back home. The book is filled with colorful illustrations, photographs and actual documents as well.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

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