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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 When The Beat Was Born : DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop New Review
Laban Carrick Hill (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Award Books, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


As a young boy in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc would watch in awe as the deejays at the house parties would spin the turntables, cranking out music that made the dancing crowd go crazy with excitement! Admiring those talented deejays in Kingston inspired Herc to become a DJ when he moved to the Bronx in New York City. When his father bought him a huge sound system, he began perfecting his talents. His catchy rhymes, shout outs, and turntable skills at parties kept people dancing on the dance floor. Learn how DJ Kool Herc’s superb deejay skills helped to bring the people in his neighborhood together, plus find out how he got his nickname! This biography also includes a Hip Hop timeline.


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


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