Books by Frank Morrison

STARS IN THE SHADOWS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Still, what baseball fan won't thrill at this game that included the likes of the Brown Bomber, Willie "the Devil" Wells and the Tan Cheetah? (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Some of the best-ever baseball players face off in 1934 at the second annual Negro League All-Star game in Chicago. Read full book review >
SHOEBOX SAM by Mary Brigid Barrett
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A heartfelt exercise in morality with occasional stumbles along the way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
All those who labor and are footsore, find relief with Shoebox Sam. Read full book review >
PLAY, LOUIS, PLAY! by Muriel Harris Weinstein
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 21, 2010

"Illustrations not seen. (afterword, references) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Weinstein, author of the lighthearted picture book When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2008), lofts another tribute, this time in short chapters. Read full book review >
KEENA FORD AND THE SECRET JOURNAL MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"While readers will be glad that Keena discovers that friends can actually be related to you, the surprisingly adult voice of second grader Keena and quick resolution of a real problem will strain credulity. (Chapter book. 6-9)"
Keena and her friends are back—still in second grade, and Keena is still keeping a journal. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF SOCCER! by Pelé
HISTORY
Released: May 25, 2010

"A must-share for soccer enthusiasts of any age. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The legendary soccer player composes a stirring ode to his beloved sport. Read full book review >
LONG SHOT by Chris Paul
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"The volume ends with a note detailing Paul's accomplishments in college basketball and in the NBA. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In this made-to-inspire autobiographical account, NBA All-Star Chris Paul recalls the difficulty he faced making it onto the school's basketball team. Read full book review >
KEENA FORD AND THE FIELD TRIP MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2009

"Though a strong African-American heroine is most welcome in chapter books and Keena and her family are likable and realistic, this series needs more polish before Keena writes about her next month in school. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Keena Ford's second-grade class is taking a field trip to the United States Capitol. Read full book review >
THE HAT THAT WORE CLARA B.  by Melanie Turner-Denstaedt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 8, 2009

"Sadly, the author passed away in 2007, leaving this vibrant work for readers in the here and now. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Mother's Sunday is the day older women wear their finest white suits and fanciest hats to church. Read full book review >
KEENA FORD AND THE SECOND-GRADE MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Still, her escapades and the way she handles them ring with an emotional honesty readers will recognize: If she continues to develop, she has the potential to become a genuine character in her own right. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Diarist Keena Ford is ambivalent about second grade: Girls and boys are placed in separate classes, so she will not be with her best friend, Eric. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BALLPARK by Alex Rodriguez
FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Adult readers will find the insight into A-Rod's complex character rather more engaging. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Another celebrity offering, but not nearly so bad as it might be. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE SCENE by Queen Latifah
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Latifah's ode to self-esteem benefits greatly from the companion CD, but the minimal text, with a dashed-off feel and sometimes awkward rhymes, will probably leave the reader wanting more. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl demonstrates her confidence and her mad skills on the playground. Read full book review >
MY FEET ARE LAUGHING by Lissette Norman
POETRY
Released: April 7, 2006

"Sure to make readers' feet laugh. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Sadie is a young Dominican-American who lives in Harlem with her mom and sister in her grandma's house. Read full book review >
GEORGE CRUM AND THE SARATOGA CHIP by Gaylia Taylor
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"The author leaves Crum presiding over a restaurant (also integrated) of his own, closes with a note separating fact from fiction and also lists her sources. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Spinning lively invented details around skimpy historical records, Taylor profiles the 19th-century chef credited with inventing the potato chip. Read full book review >
JAZZY MIZ MOZETTA by Brenda C. Roberts
FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2004

"Duke Ellington is right—"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"—and this vivacious offering definitely does. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jazzy Miz Mozetta, a bespectacled African-American woman, sees the fat yellow moon and is inspired to "Skiddle de wee bop she bop . . . yeah!" Read full book review >
SWEET MUSIC IN HARLEM by Debbie A. Taylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"Nearly pitch-perfect. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When "Chick blows his trumpet the wallpaper curls," but he is some kind of forgetful. Read full book review >