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Book cover One Crazy Summer
Rita Williams-Garcia (2010) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Award Books, Historical, Humor, NCCBA, Summer

From the moment the plane takes off from New York, Delphine knows the summer of 1968 will be different. She and her sisters visit their mother, Cecile, who they haven’t seen since they were little. What little they know of their mother has come from their grandmother. At Cecile’s house in Oakland, she blocks them from the kitchen, spends all day and night writing poetry, makes them leave for meals, sends them to a neighborhood youth program run by the Black Panthers, and has strange visitors calling her a strange name. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern may not know exactly what to expect, but they do know they’re in for “one crazy summer!” Will you find the summer in this amusing Newbery honor book crazy too?

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library

Book cover Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper (2010) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction, Special Needs

Imagine never speaking, tying your shoes, walking, or expressing your feelings! Imagine that you have a cool sense of humor and you wish you were like every other kid. This is a snapshot of eleven-year-old Melody’s life. She is super-smart. What will it take to share her talents with her classmates? Read this book and learn about a young person who is more than just a “special needs” student.

Reviewed by: Mona / University City Regional Library
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Comments from Readers

Agrim, age 21 from Canada
It`s a very good book

Ivett, age 11 from NY
In my opinion i greatly recommend this book.It is very exciting and makes you want to keep on reading.

Ashley, age 11 from NC
Although it`s a sad book, it`s really heart warming.

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Book cover Ruth and the Green Book
Calvin Alexander Ramsey (2010) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, NCCBA, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Ruth’s trip starts out exciting as her family drives in their new car southwards. Along the way they are told they cannot use the bathroom at a gas station or sleep in a motel because they are negros (or blacks). This upsets Ruth and her family, but they find joy in singing and visiting an uncle. At an Esso station, they buy a book called “The Negro Motorist Green Book”. It shows blacks where they can eat, sleep, and find other services where they won’t be turned away. It proves to be very helpful on the remainder of the journey. Cooper’s superb illustrations, mostly in greens and browns and very expressive, and even the young girl’s bear seem to be mimicking her range of feelings. Ramsey has written a touching book about a sensitive subject, making it informative and hopeful.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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Book cover The Other Half of My Heart
Sundee T Frazier (2010) , 200+ pages
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Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Humor, Multicultural

Minnie and Keira are eleven-year old twins, but couldn’t be more different. One looks white and one looks black, growing up in Forks, Washington. When their grandmother enters them both in The Black Pearls of America Preteen “program” they fly to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete. While competing both girls experience race issues, talent contests and family- related situations. Beautifully written, this book includes touches of black history, humor, and the lessons of life. Feelings that come with growing up and the special bond between twins is key to this novel.

Reviewed by: Sandy / South County Regional Library
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Comments from Readers

Cheri, age 39 from NC
I love it

Allie, age 10 from North Carolina
Love the book. Hope there is a sequel. Started reading and could not stop! I love Grandma`s neighbor. Love the detail on their looks. Love Sundee T Frazier.

Claire, age 10 from North Carolina
This was the best book ever! It is the greatest story about twin sisters. I really liked the grandmother's neighbor and wish I had a neighbor just like her. I have told all my friends about this book and I really hope they make this book into a movie!

Book cover Beautiful Ballerina
Marilyn Nelson (2009) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Susan Kuklin (photography)
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Newbery Honor winner Marilyn Nelson (Carver: a Life in Poems/) has written a lovely poem that accompanies photographs of young ballet dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. You will be delighted at the graceful beauty of Doris, Jalen, Raven M., and Raven B. These young girls show great strength, flexibility, and emotion from their hard work at the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s programs (Community, Pre- Professional, and Professional Company). This book is a work of art, and one that truly inspires.

Reviewed by: Debra / Scaleybark Library
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