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24 Young Adult Books Featuring Black Protagonists

24 Mar

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My goal was to get this list out during Black History Month, but in all honesty these are amazing books that can be read any time of the year. Like my chapter book list, this list includes historical fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy novels with characters that are black, biracial from around the world.

  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Fly Girl by
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  5. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
  6. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  7. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  10. The Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  11. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
  12. Hot Girl by Dream Jordan
  13. If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
  14. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  15. After Tupac & Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  16. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  17. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  18. Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  19. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
  20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  21. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  22. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  23. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

23 Mar

unnamed.gifWhere do I even begin? This somehow got past me this year, so we’re in the think of round 1 matches right now.  A little background behind this fun event – The School Library’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a competition among 16 of the very best titles published in children’s literature of the year.  For more FAQs check the SLJ website. The books are then judged by some of the biggest names in kid lit. Don’t believe me? Check out the judges this year:

  • Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Lulu Delacre
  • James Dashner
  • Varian Johnson
  • Tanya Lee Stone
  • Jane Yolen
  • Nova Ren Suma
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Javaka Steptoe
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Cynthia Kadohata
  • Sara Farizan
  • Ellen Oh
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Kwame Alexander

And the titles they’ll be judging:

  • Freedom in Congo Square
  • Freedom Over Me
  • Thunder Boy Jr.
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes
  • Ghost
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Makoons
  • March: Book Three
  • Samurai Rising
  • Some Writer!
  • Wet Cement
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver
  • Anna and the Swallow Man
  • The Lie Tree
  • The Passion of Dolssa
  • The Sun is Also a Star

Each day a battle is judged and a book is declared the winner of that round. The hardest part, for me, would be that the judges are judging some amazing books against each other. For example, how do you compare Ghost by Jason Reynolds with The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Two books that were written beautifully and completely differently, where do you begin? But the judges, do just that, they judge. So, each day there’s a judge’s post with their reason behind their decision.

We’re moving into the second round today, so have no fear if you missed round one like I did! It’s fun to see authors in this different light as they try and judge two amazing books against each other… follow along for the ride!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read In One Sitting

21 Mar

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Granted, I probably didn’t read all of these in one setting, but most I read in large chunks and just couldn’t put down! Check out these awesome titles.

  1. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  2. Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban
  3. Wish by Barbara O’Connor
  4. Moo by Sharon Creech
  5. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  6. Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  7. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  9. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/20/17

20 Mar

Still didn’t get to a lot of reading this week – we had friends stay over during our snowstorm, which only led to a lot of shoveling and very little reading and then my mom came to visit for a long weekend which also lent itself to very little reading. My goal for this next week is to finish Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horowitz, hopefully get to The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi and maybe even jump into some YA books – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

14 Mar


I’m so glad Top Ten Tuesday is back and I’m so looking forward to these new middle grade and young adult titles published during the first half of 2017!

  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Scar Island by Dan Gemienhart
  3. The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  4. The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertsen Malone
  5. The Whole Thing Together by  Ann Brashares
  6. Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
  7. Restart by Gordon Korman
  8. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  9. Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
  10. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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