Search Results: "Julius Lester"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Julius Lester
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Not just for Halloween, it's a solid, not-too-scary ghost story for any season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When a sudden cold breeze wakes Malcolm David out of a sound sleep, he suspects ghosts and asks his ringring bird to wake him the next night "between Not-Yet-Yesterday and Almost-Tomorrow" to investigate. Read full book review >

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LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"It's an effort that could easily founder under its own earnestness, but the lighthearted, avuncular tone and vivid art combine to make a surprisingly effective package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A comforting direct address asks readers to think of themselves as stories, and to consider the elements of their stories: families, favorite foods, hobbies, etc.—"Oh. Read full book review >

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THE OLD AFRICAN by Julius Lester
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Lester's prose is powerful and poetic, and Pinkney outdoes himself in hauntingly expressive, often wordless double-page paintings that masterfully capture the strength and suffering of the African people. (Illustrated fiction. 12+)"
Whips sink into bare flesh and red blood glistens in Lester's painfully vivid, four-part story of the horrors of slavery that evolves into a fantastical escape myth. Read full book review >

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THE BLUES SINGERS by Julius Lester
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Excellence wears many faces: this works as biography, as source material for school reports, and as compelling storytelling. (bibliography, recommended listening) (Collective biography. 7-10)"
What is clearly a labor of love creates quite an extraordinary collective biography for young people, from a veteran observer. Read full book review >

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BLACK COWBOY, WILD HORSES by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Lemmons may not have the name recognition of Nat Love or Bill Pickett, but his exploits were no less spectacular. (Picture book. 8-10)"
The creators of Sam and the Tigers (1996) proffer this fact-based tale of a black cowboy named Bob Lemmons, famed for his ability to track and capture herds of wild mustangs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHINING by Julius Lester
by Julius Lester, illustrated by John Clapp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Like a piece of sophisticated music, this will engender profound emotional responses—but younger readers may have trouble grasping its subtler themes. (illustrator note) (Picture book. 9-12)"
Lester looks to the silence that gives meaning to the noise all around us in this powerfully told original tale, as deep-eyed faces alive with character peer from Clapp's sweeping, shadowy accompanying art. Read full book review >

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JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester
adapted by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Amen. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
Onto the page bounds the colossus John Henry, man of legend, man of myth (though the preface keeps things off balance on that point). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >