Who doesn’t want a ghost for a best friend? When Cass almost died in a frozen river a year ago, Jacob pulled her back from beyond the Veil, so she’s alive but that solid line between life and death is a bit murkier. Oh, and Jacob is a ghost. Life and death are complicated, as you can see, and when Cass’ mom and dad decide to host a TV show on the world’s most haunted places, they all end up spending the summer in Edinburgh, and Cass and Jacob find out just how haunted this old city really is. Great ghost story and the friendship between Cass and Jacob is beautifully wrought and masses of fun.
She hit it out of the park with this one! A homerun for Nic Stone! Okay, I’ll stop, but think of every cheesy sports cliché for an incredible accomplishment and apply it here. Then get the book and schedule enough time to read it because once you start, you won’t be able to stop. Shenice Lockwood has inherited a love of playing ball from a long line of Lockwoods, and as the captain of the Fulton Firebirds, the only all Black team in the 12U Division of the Dixie Youth Softball Association (so, yeah…), she also carries a legacy of firsts as well as obstacles. When her great-uncle Jack asks her to clear her grandpa’s name, “Lightning” Lockwood’s focus is torn. Can she lead the Firebirds to the championship and find evidence to clear her grandpa’s name before Uncle Jack passes on? The magic of teamwork and perseverance lights this book on fire! Enjoy!!
A joyful celebration of girl power in all its beautiful diversity, and most importantly, a guide on how to attain it. This book is all out, no topics are off the table, and the authors handle every single one from beauty to sexuality to racism to the patriarchy to colorism to body image with such grace, humor and love that I hesitate to recommend it only to teens. It’s written for teens, addressing their concerns and questions with honesty, compassion, and respect, but this sixty-three year old feminist learned a lot and I’m guessing you will too.
Here is my prescription for you, right now in these times and going forward. Mbalia has brought together seventeen Black male and nonbinary authors to celebrate the beauty, warmth, love and joy of Black boyhood. Meet the Griot of Grover Street and discover just who gathers up the joy and makes sure it is where it needs to be; dance in the old time Soul-Train line while you create deliciousness with G’ma and Dad while worrying about your newest creation and your newest crush; remember that cousin you used to be real close to? Watch how a grandad, even from the grave, can remind us that we need each other; be reminded, too, that monsters aren’t always what they seem. Just looking at this book pulls a smile to my face, and if you can get through it without laughing, crying, and dancing to your heartbeat, please let me know.
A white-tailed fawn enters her desert world needing to understand both the harshness and the beauty surrounding her. She is warned, protected, taught to stand brave, but most of all, she is loved and valued. She is like the children who travel the desert with her attempting to find shelter and safety in a world filled with walls, both physical and political, that wrestle against the true nature of our connections. Gentleness, strength, breathtaking beauty and heartbreak intertwine in perfection to illuminate the journeys of all the refugees of our world, human and animal. Wrap this book around every child you love, no matter their age.