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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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ALWAYS WITH YOU by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Includes an author's note regarding Kim's travels to the U.S. for surgery and eventual adoption, as well as a general background on the Vietnam War. (Picture book. 8-12)"
"Kim, come to me." Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI MORNING by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Readers end with sympathetic feelings for James William—not only for the shaking of his social foundations, but the trauma of his father's lies. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Racial prejudice and equal doses of a boy's naïveté and experiences collide in a coming-of-age moment that calibrates his moral compass. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Preteen boys might initially identify with Max's love of baseball and his nervousness around girls, but they will be too bored to finish his 'adventure.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can 12-year-old Max become someone totally new at family summer camp? Read full book review >

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THE STICKY DOLL TRAP by Jessica Souhami
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"A visually enchanting and aurally engaging retelling of an old, old tale. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Br'er Rabbit's ancestor, the West African rascal Hare, lives in this vividly delineated retelling. Read full book review >

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CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Shout yee-haw for cowboy Jack, who finally finds his voice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Jack's boisterous family, ranch life is one noisy stampede with the boy trampled in the shuffle. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children who find Tomie dePaola's well-known rendition, Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill (1981) a wee bit restrained will have no such complaint here. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Souhami (No Dinner, 2000, etc.) dresses up this classic triumph of brains over brawn with bright, blocky scenes featuring broadly gesturing figures, torn paper edges and blazing purple highlights. Read full book review >

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CARLO AND THE REALLY NICE LIBRARIAN by Jessica Spanyol
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A wee introduction to libraries for wee folk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Carlo's library—readers will remember Carlo Likes Reading (2001)—looks like an exceptionally cozy house: toys, posters, mobiles, and flowers all about, along with books and computers. Read full book review >

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THE BLOBFISH BOOK by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"Fine for a metafictive read-aloud but not so great as science. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
The world's ugliest animal speaks up. Read full book review >

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BI-BI AT THE PARK by Jessica Ciaffarini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2013

"Take your toddlers to Axel Scheffler's Farm instead. (iPad storybook app. 6 mos.-3)"
Bi-Bi goes to the park. Beginning and end of story. Read full book review >

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EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME by Jessica Alcott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 9, 2015

"Ultimately, readers see almost none of the anguish that this relationship would likely have caused Charlie, which dangerously de-emphasizes the predatory nature of Mr. Drummond's attentions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Charlie, an insecure high school senior, finds herself in a troubling relationship with a teacher. Read full book review >

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VITRO by Jessica Khoury
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Ultimately, a pretty standard mad-scientist thriller. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Sophie's mother works as a scientist on a secret island, so when the girl gets an emergency email, she rushes to join her. Read full book review >