Social Justice

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CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo

& there was a moment when the wheels first touched down that my heart plummeted in my chest, but when we were slowing   & a smattering of passengers erupted into applause. The old lady in the seat beside me said in Spanish,   “They don’t do that as much anymore. This must be a … Continue reading

PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park

Hanna is half-white and half-Chinese. (Her father is white and her mother was Chinese.) At the opening of the story Hanna and her father are moving from California to the Dakota Territory in the 1880’s after the death of her mother. Her father is a tailor and dry goods merchant and plans to open a … Continue reading


  Black Brother, Black Brother is a phenomenal book in story, impact, structure and writing style. It is one of those rare examples of a perfect melding of rich storytelling in both craft and content. Donte’s voice is open and suffused with the huge emotions of a middle school-age boy. The imagery of being seen … Continue reading

PARKED by Danielle Svetcov

I just finished Parked earlier today and there are so many things I want to say about it! This one was not on my radar at all until it showed up as a suggestion from someone in the Mock Newbery group I belong to on Goodreads. I had a hard time finding it–our local library … Continue reading


Cassie Logan and her brothers (from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!) are adults now and anxious to find their lives away from Mississippi where they can no longer tolerate the racial bigotry. They hope to find more opportunities and better treatment in the North. Cassie moves from Mississippi to Ohio, then California and Colorado, … Continue reading

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

I purchased Scythe on audible when it was published in 2017 and it has been on my TBR (To Be Read) list since then. I was intrigued by the premise and heard all the buzz about the series, but had so many other things going that–for whatever reason–did get around to reading it. I’m SO … Continue reading


There are many things about The Boy at the Back of the Class that make it a great reading choice for the younger middle grades–more 3rd & 4th grade specifically. Alexa is 9 3/4 years old. A new student named Ahmet appears one day at the formerly empty desk at the back of the classroom. Alexa’s … Continue reading

PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renee Watson…a 2020 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Jade is an extraordinarily talented African-American teenage artist about to begin her junior year at St. Francis High School in Portland, Oregon.  St. Francis is a private high school in a nicer neighborhood than the one in which Jade lives with her mother and uncle; its students are mostly white. Jade agreed to attend St. … Continue reading

THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson…2020 LOVELACE nominee Division I & II

Part historical fiction, part mystery and part contemporary middle years coming-of-age story, The Parker Inheritance weaves many themes into its complex, but highly structured, plot. The main character is Candice Miller.  She is twelve years old and her parents have separated. She and her mother have come to Lambert, South Carolina to stay while their … Continue reading

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE by Lisa Moore Ramee

A Good Kind of Trouble centers around Shayla, a 12-year-old girl beginning junior high with her two best friends. The main focus of the story is the fact that–as so often happens in those middle years–Shayla is seeing her friendships, her perceptions of others and the world around her change from the comfortable and familiar to … Continue reading