Search Results: "Jr. Johnson"


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EXIT TO FREEDOM by Jr. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"A rare individual, victim of not-too-rare legal circumstances, with a story that will have readers grinding their teeth until the end. (10 pp. b&w photos)"
Johnson, in a remarkably even voice, details his trial and 16 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, ending with the long-suffering process that established his innocence. Read full book review >

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IN PEACE AND FREEDOM by Bernard LaFayette Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"An inspiring story of the human qualities and sacrifices that helped bring about a world we sometimes take for granted."
A co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee tells the story of how a little town in central Alabama became the national stage for the movement that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Read full book review >

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BLACK MEN SPEAKING by Charles Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Despite the urgency of the subject matter, there isn't much here that hasn't been expressed more eloquently elsewhere. (10 b&w photos of art by Jacob Lawrence)"
More American black men are in prison than in college. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A cautionary tale for all readers."
Hot-off-the-press reprobation of the badly flawed indictment process in this notorious incident. Read full book review >

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SUCCEEDING AGAINST THE ODDS by John H. Johnson
Released: May 15, 1989

An enthralling and engaging autobiography from a world-class capitalist who happens to be black. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A fun and fascinating read."
True crime meets pop-music history in this history of the Peppermint Lounge, the Twist and the Mafia's unwitting role in starting a national craze. Read full book review >

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BROWN SUGAR BABIES by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"No candy is sweeter than these scrumptious babies in all of their delicious colors. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Poet-photographer, Smith (Tall Tales, p. 124) offers a delectable assortment of chubby-fisted, cherub-cheeked, African-American babies. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A final full page of author acknowledgments and thanks would have been better utilized with basic information about the choir and its significant location. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Thirteen poems about vocal music focus on the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem, with photographs of choir members by Smith (Loki and Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Jr. Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Lifeless prose in a memoir that also lacks the excitement, drive, and focus of self-discovery. (Photographs—not seen.)"
What it was like to return to civilian life after eight and a half years as a POW, told blandly by Alvarez (Chained Eagle, YA, 1989—not reviewed), with help from Schreiner (A Place Called Princeton, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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WINNING WORDS by Jr. Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"The immediacy of the storytelling and the lively format will attract young sports buffs looking for something different. (author's note) (Short stories. 9 & up)"
Six sports stories center on inspirational quotations. Read full book review >

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RIMSHOTS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (" ‘Please Put Me In, Coach!!' "); to playing "Hot Like Fire," on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering "the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, "Meek," proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IS FOR THE BIRDS by Jr. Mazzola
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An effective beginning backyard-bird book is muddied with the addition of poetry and counting to its equation. Read full book review >