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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 The Lions of Little Rock
Kristin Levine (2012) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Historical, Realistic Fiction


Growing up is never easy. For Marlee, each day is a challenge. She doesn’t like to talk and doesn’t have any real friends…until she meets Liz, a new girl at her school. Liz is determined to help Marlee find her voice and Marlee is determined to help Liz control her anger. Neither girl knows how hard these will be. Set in Little Rock, Arkansas during the integration of the public schools in the late 1950’s, this book follows two friends faced with the trials of a community that is divided by racism. This amazing piece of historical fiction traces the power of friendship set against a harsh backdrop of racism and misunderstandings. Will Marlee find her voice and roar, just like the lions in the Little Rock zoo? Is change really possible if you believe?

Reviewed by: Tree / South County Regional Library
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Book cover Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Kadir Nelson (2011) , 80-120 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Award Books, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This large volume is a history of African-Americans in The United States of America from the Revolution War times until the 1960’s. Each of the twelve chapters begins with a large picture on the right and a quote under the title. The style of the text is sometimes conversational and is full of facts, dates, and information in an easy to read format. The illustrations are enormous and lush with Nelson’s well-known talent for details and expression in his work. The illustrations complement each chapter and some of them are captivating two- page spreads. This 2012 Coretta Scott King Author award-winning book is sure to become a modern day classic of history for children.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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Book cover Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day
Tameka Fryer Brown (2010) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Novello, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This picture book is told from the point of view of a young African- American girl. She first goes around the neighborhood seeing all her neighbors, both young and old, and their activities. The young girl’s neighbors are diverse and include people of many shades and cultures. “Blue sky, no clouds” is a repeated phrase in this rhyming book that reads like poetry and contains many action words. The flowing illustrations with their many colors are full of movement and fun. The book ends with a special party. This is a wonderful book about multiculturalism and being neighborly.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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