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Book cover Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad New Review
Monica Edinger (2013) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Robert Byrd
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


The slave ship called Amistad is on its way to America when a revolt happens and the would-be slaves take over. Soon, nine-year-old Magulu and her African companions are taken to trial in the Supreme Court over their freedom. With the help of John Quincy Adams, they are able to win their freedom and must find a way back to Africa. Inspired by a true story, follow Magulu as her tale unravels to reveal the hardships she overcame to make it back home. The book is filled with colorful illustrations, photographs and actual documents as well.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover Nelson Mandela New Review
Kadir Nelson (2013) , 40-80 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Historical, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Did you know that Nelson Mandela’s first name was actually Rolihlahla which means troublemaker? His teachers called him Nelson instead. He worked very hard to fight against apartheid, which was a system that limited the rights and freedom of darker skinned people. He held protests and rallies, and often he would have to go into hiding. Unfortunately he ended up serving a lot of time in a prison in South Africa, but he later became president of his country. Read this book to learn more about the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the world.


Book cover Sugar New Review
Jewell Parker Rhodes (2013) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction


Ten-year old Sugar was named for the sugar cane she harvests on River Road Plantation. Mischievous and strong-willed, Sugar would rather spend her days exploring the Mississippi River with her best friend Billy than working. It doesn’t matter to her that Billy is the son of the plantation owner or that she has been forbidden to see him. In 1870, slavery has ended, and Sugar has big dreams for the future. When Chinese workers arrive to help harvest, the other workers are intimidated. Can Sugar’s curiosity, compassion, and humor bridge the distance between the three distinct cultures on the plantation? This heart-warming story gives a unique look at an important time in American history while delivering an encouraging message about the power of friendship.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Book cover Ellen`s Broom
Kelly Starling Lyons (2012) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Daniel Minter
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


In this charming picture book, Ellen learns about broom weddings during the time when slaves could not be legally married. According to her father, he and Ellen’s mother, ". . . put this here broom on the ground, held hands and leaped into life together." The broom continues to hold an important place in the family for many years, even after her parents become legally married. In the back of the book, the author provides historical information about slave marriages. This tale is accompanied by beautiful artwork created by Daniel Minter in linoleum block prints which brings this story to life.

Reviewed by: Emily / South County Regional Library

Book cover Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane`s Musical Journey
Gary Golio (2012) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Did you know that North Carolina was home to the legendary jazz extraordinaire John Coltrane? As a young boy he grew up in High Point, in a house filled with unwavering love and lots of vibrant music. Life was fun but began to change with the death of his grandfather, Reverend Blair. The teachings and wisdom he received from his elders helped John to remain strong through the dark periods of his life. Music was in his heart and constantly on his mind. His music was influenced by jazz giants Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The rhythmic tone of this biography along with bold, captivating pictures helps to capture the genius work, life and mind of jazz royalty John Coltrane.

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