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  • Diversity in MG Lit #20 Contemporary Realistic Fiction
    Diversity in MG Lit #20 Contemporary Realistic Fiction
    I’ve got a big roster of diverse titles with contemporary and realistic settings this month, so my reviews are going to be correspondingly short so I can fit them all in. I’ve organized these with the youngest books first moving toward YA titles that are still appropriate for MG readers. Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina illus. by Sonia Sánchez. Okay technically this is a picture book. It’s lovely though and pitch perfect to the experience of having a friend move away. I think it will also resonate with many 1-4th graders who haven’t moved but can’t see their best friend because of the pandemic. And the cherry on top–a little ode to the Post Office at the end with the MC surrounded by letters from her best friend.  Candlewick, 9/20 Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik. This one’s a chapter book in the vein of Clementine with a well meaning Muslim...
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  • Ikenga by Nnedi Okorofor
    Diversity in MG lit #19 August 2020 Mysteries
    August 15, 2020 by
    If there’s one thing I get asked for constantly in the bookstore it’s mysteries for MG readers. Grandparents have warm memories of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and they want something just as fun for their grandchildren. A satisfying mystery is hard to write though so, I’m thrilled when...
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  • Lewis Carroll
    Enjoy International Left-Handers Day!
    August 12, 2020 by
    To celebrate International Left-Handers Day tomorrow, August 13, we’ve created a list of books by famous left-handed authors, biographies of famous left-handers, and a few fiction titles that have left-handed characters. Did you know? Only about 12% of the population is left-handed. Left handers are called southpaws. Left handers use...
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  • Black MG Magic
    Black MG Magic
    August 7, 2020 by
    I firmly believe that it’s important to stand together against racism, and I’ve been making an effort to feature more black characters in my book talks and displays. Many of the book lists that I’ve come across featuring black protagonists have been full of great contemporary, realistic stories that deal...
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