Search Results: "Julius Lester"


BOOK REVIEW

JULIUS by Angela Johnson
by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Using ink, paint, fabric swatches, and even coffee spatters, Pilkey creates a riotous sequence in which Maya's happy face contrasts comically with her parents' glowers while her adored pink friend floats with bulbous grace. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of When I Am Old With You (1990) and other celebrations of loving companionship teams up with the mad colorist of When Cats Dream (1992) for a tale of a black family that finds itself saddled with a huge, exuberant pet. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Eminently moving and highly recommended, especially as an alternative to To Kill a Mockingbird for less able teen readers. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
This slim yet essential new tale of the Jim Crow South unfolds primarily through the eyes of Ansel Anderson, only son of the storekeeper in the small town of Davis. Read full book review >

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DAY OF TEARS by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Powerful theater and one of Lester's finest works. (cast of characters, author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
On a day when rain came down "hard as sorrow," George Weems sets out to sell more slaves at one time than anyone ever had. Read full book review >

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CUPID by Julius Lester
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Useful for analyzing the original tale's moral sketchiness, but a sluggish read. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
This novelization of Cupid and Psyche has too little flavor and too much ego. Read full book review >

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AND ALL OUR WOUNDS FORGIVEN by Julius Lester
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 27, 1994

"A forceful and startling look into the minds and hearts of those involved in the civil rights movement, this novel raises compelling questions about the successes and failures of that movement."
Lester (The Last Tales of Uncle Remus, 1994, etc.) offers a potentially controversial and intimate account of the life and death of a black civil rights leader as told 25 years later by the leader himself and the people who loved him. Read full book review >

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TIME’S MEMORY by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: April 3, 2006

"Dedicated to a white civil-rights worker, this is a tribute to those who 'act in ways history does not condone and, by doing so, begin to change that history.' (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Ekundayo is a spirit inside an African woman on a slave ship coming to America. Read full book review >

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ON WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER PEOPLE by Julius Lester
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A must for anyone who lives a life immersed in books and stories. (Nonfiction. YA, adult)"
Author of the Newbery Honor-winning To Be a Slave (1968) and many other fine works—sometimes funny, sometimes forceful, always thought-provoking—Lester tells his own story here. Read full book review >

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WHEN DAD KILLED MOM by Julius Lester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Almost ridiculously contrived, it's nevertheless a compelling story suffused with raw and honest emotion, the heightened nature of which will naturally appeal to teens. (Fiction. 12+)"
A brother and sister try in their separate ways to cope with the ultimate family cataclysm. Read full book review >

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OTHELLO by Julius Lester
CLASSICS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Lester revitalizes what for many would remain an unread text, through the all-too-fashionable concepts of notoriety and controversy, and the familiar old process of sedition. (Fiction. 10+)"
Lester has taken on an immensely ambitious task, rewriting Shakespeare's tale and making a bridge to the play. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"They're powerful minimalist landscapes with figures on the surrealist edge—paintings that have you turning the pages for more. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
While working in the fields, a mother lays her child in the shade of a tree. Read full book review >

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WHY HEAVEN IS FAR AWAY by Julius Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Furthermore, they'll always be looking for that one last ladder—after all, it leads straight to heaven. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Shaniqua, Bruce, Mrs. God, and, of course, God, return after What a Truly Cool World (1999), to reveal the answer to a question children are bound to wonder about. Read full book review >