Heads Up is a reposting of AACBWI’s announcement of book releases that may picque the interest of young African American readers. As a Brown Bookshelf partner, The African American Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators society is dedicated to spreading the word about these and other books that are of special interest to multi-cultural audiences.
From Board Books to Young Adult fiction, Heads Up serves as a guide of what to look for in stores or what to ask for at the library.
THE HOPE CHEST (Random House) by Karen Schwabach (Ages 9-12)
Violet’s older sister Chloe didn’t get married. She bought a car instead. And then she drove that car toand never came home again. Violet’s parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Person, but Violet knew better. Now she’s determined to find her sister, and she’ll go all the way to to do it. The only problem is that Chloe’s not in anymore. So Violet must journey even further to , where Chloe is fighting for the vote for women. is a hotbed of political intrigue. Suffs and Antis are doing anything and everything to sway legislators to their side: bribing them, pleading with them, and even kidnapping them. Violet is hanging out with suffragists, socialists, and colored people. But if she’s becoming the Wrong Sort of Person, why does it feel just right?
NIKKI AND DEJA by Karen English – Clarion Books (Ages 4-8)
Can Nikki and Deja’s friendship survive the drill team club and the new girl? Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together-watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Ms. Shelby’s third-grade class. But when an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club that would exclude her, the results are not what they expect. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book from an award-winning author captures all the joys and complexities of elementary school life-particularly friendships and cliques-with finesse and humor.
NEW BOY by Julian Houston – Paperback version (Young Adult)
In this compelling debut novel, a sixteen year-old African American boy discovers the world-and himself-when he integrates an all-white boarding school in the 1950s.
MISSY VIOLET AND ME by Barbara Hathaway – Houghton Mifflin paperback version (Ages 9-12)
The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award was given to this moving story of a young girl’s apprenticeship to a midwife. The summer that Viney is eleven years old is extraordinary. It takes her out of school and puts her under the wing of Missy Violet, a well-loved midwife whose wise and warm ways help teach Viney about the business of catchin’ babies. At turns scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of Viney’s rural life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship and finds her own special place as Missy Violet’s “best helper girl.”
has just moved in with the Lincoln family, and she isnt thrilled to be in yet another foster home. She has a tough time trusting people, and she misses her brother, whos been sent to a boys home. Over time, the Lincolns grow on Paris . But no matter how hard she tries to fit in, she cant ignore the feeling that she never will, especially in a town thats mostly white while she is half black. It isnt long before has a big decision to make about where she truly belongs.
UP CLOSE: by Ilene Cooper – Puffin (Young Adult)
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