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Noreen's Reviews

The Hike by Alison Farrell

This book makes me want to get outside and go! Wren, El, and Hattie, with Bean the dog, do just that on a day-long hike and their friendship, individuality, curiosity, and self-confidence take them to the summit. I’m impressed with how prepared they are. Getting tired, cold, or lost doesn’t phase them. Wren sketches in her nature journal, El composes poems along the way, and Hattie follows the map. They figure things out together. Young readers will love it! - Noreen

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ISBN: 9781452174617
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019

The President Sang Amazing Grace written by Zoe Mulford illus. by Jeff Scher

This book is for all of us—young and old, all races and ethnicities. The words and watercolors bring back that day in Charleston when “no words could say what must be said for all the living and the dead,” and President Obama lifted us out of despair by humbly singing “Amazing Grace.” Read the book, watch the video online, hear the song. Cry, and then share this with every child old enough to understand. There’s work to be done. - Noreen

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By Zoe Mulford, Joan Baez (Other primary creator), Jeff Scher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781944903848
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 24th, 2019

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Fourteen-year old Beverly buries her dog Buddy and tells no one she’s leaving. She doesn’t want to depend on anyone and doesn’t want anyone depending on her. Iola, who offers Beverly shelter, says, “Just because you can’t stand to think about something, doesn’t mean it ain’t happening, that it ain’t true. People wait on other people. People rely on other people.” This book is about love, trust, resiliency, and friendship. Like the other two books in the trilogy, it’s real. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780763694647
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

This book is heartwarming and real. Amara plunges into her school assignment when she convinces her parents it’s time for her to see Harlem and meet her grandfather for the first time. Amara’s curiosity about the silence between her father and grandfather keeps the pages turning. A great read for any adolescent curious about where they really come from and why family is important. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9781681191089
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Meet Jordan, an African American boy attending a prestigious New York middle school where he’s torn between two worlds—rich and working class, black and white. On the first page, Jordan says, “This is how I feel every single day of my life, like I’m falling without a parachute,” and illustrates his experiences (via a book within the book) with insight and ironic humor that all young students, especially students of color, will really appreciate. A humorous yet poignant story. - Noreen

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By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

These 17 stories, written by contemporary black authors, demonstrate how diverse the teenage black experience can be: a Trinidadian immigrant's guardian angels (her cousins) save her from falling for the wrong guy; a humorous Jason Reynolds story follows four Brooklyn boys walking home after a swim, fantasizing about sandwiches from their neighborhood bodega; a high schooler keeping her application to a historic black college hidden from her father. Both black and non-black readers will benefit from the insights these well-crafted stories provide. - Noreen

Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Life sparkles in Carmela’s world. It’s her birthday, and she lives in a world full of wishes. Her biggest wish is to finally accompany her brother as he does family chores in the neighborhood. As we follow Carmela’s journey, both in her imagination and on her scooter, we see the reality and cultural richness of her family and neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where “old women wave smiles” and men “stand around weekend mornings, waiting for work” like her father used to do. Matt de la Peña’s sensitivity to Carmela’s world, and Christian Robinson’s paintings and cutouts of papel picado, make this book one I will read over and over. Ages 3–7. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780399549045
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

A hopeful environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery award-winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a tool kit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up.  --Noreen

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By Paul Fleischman, Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick - September 23rd, 2014


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