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Book cover My Name Is Truth New Review
Ann Turner (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by James Ransome
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, was a courageous woman that spoke out against slavery and helped with the women’s rights movement. Unfortunately, she was born into a life of slavery, but that didn’t stop her from wanting a better life for herself and her family. As a free woman she went back to the South to rescue her son who was unlawfully sold into slavery. Her bravery and fierceness was admired by many. Her words spoke truth and she stood for justice and equality. Be inspired as you read this book about a woman’s journey of hope and freedom.


Book cover Talkin` Guitar: a story of the young Doc Watson New Review
Robbin Gourley (2015) , under 40 pages
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud, Special Needs
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Young Arthel (Doc) Watson’s life was filled with music that included his mama’s singing, the noises of farm animals, and the sounds of nature. His favorite was “the sound of the wind and the rain in the trees.” Arthel was blind and had exceptional hearing. His father recognized his talent and bought him a harmonica and then a banjo. When he was older, his father bought him a guitar and he brought it everywhere he went in his North Carolina mountain community. He learned by listening to music and practicing. Eventually he had the confidence to create his own songs and stories. This refreshing biography gives readers a glimpse into what made Doc Watson a legend. The watercolor illustrations are playful and bright. Readers can almost hear music coming from the book’s pages.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Matthews Library
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Book cover Brown Girl Dreaming New Review
Jacqueline Woodson (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Award Books, Biographies, NCCBA


Written in verse, this award winning author tells her story about growing up in South Carolina and New York during the Civil Rights movement. Baby Jacqueline is born in 1963 in Ohio, but is soon moved to Greenville, SC, and eventually to New York City. Although she struggles to learn to read, Jacqueline loves to write and makes sense out of her life by telling stories. The poems will make you feel like you are right there with Jacqueline as she comes to find her place in the world. She moves through loss and separation, but also through joy, love, and belonging. Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and a Newbery Honor for this poetic memoir.

Reviewed by: Amanda / Matthews Library

Book cover El Deafo New Review
Cece Bell (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Graphic Novels, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction, Special Needs
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


In graphic novel format, author and illustrator Cece Bell has written a touching autobiography. It is filled with childhood memories that almost everyone can relate to, like summer camp, bullies, bossy girls, and first crushes. But Cece’s childhood was also filled with sign language classes, lip reading lessons, and a bulky hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. The Phonic Ear wasn’t easy to hide, but it helped her to hear teachers (even when they didn’t know she was listening). It also helped form her unique superhero identity as “el Deafo, Listener for All." Readers will appreciate her humor and humility while learning what it can be like to grow up with the challenges of hearing loss.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn
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Book cover Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies New Review
Cokie Roberts (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Diane Goode
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Everyone remembers the important men during the founding of America, but what about the women that also helped shape our country? This book is a great introduction for young readers wanting to learn about early America. "Founding Mothers" will introduce important figures such as Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife, and Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet. This beautifully illlustrated book is an easy read for anyone interested in the history of America and its’ women.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library


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