Search Results: "Kekla Magoon"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A well-written, compelling trip to a past not often portrayed in children's literature. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Black Panthers seem to have the answers for Maxie and her friends, so when a traitor to the group is suspected, she is determined to find who is leaking information to the Chicago police. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS OF SHERWOOD by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Although the action sometimes slows as series components are introduced, the adventure and cliffhanging ending will entice readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Robyn is a fearless 12-year old who always seems to find trouble in this futuristic take on Robin Hood. Read full book review >

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THE ROCK AND THE RIVER by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"She offers readers a perspective that is rarely explored, showing that racial prejudices were not confined to the South and that the Civil Rights Movement was a truly national struggle. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This compelling debut novel set in 1968 Chicago vividly depicts how one African-American family is torn between two opposiing approaches to the Civil Rights Movement. Read full book review >

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HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"This sobering yet satisfying novel leaves readers to ponder the complex questions it raises. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A racially charged shooting reveals the complicated relationships that surround a popular teen and the neighborhood that nurtured and challenged him. Read full book review >

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Released: May 22, 2012

"Another powerful outing from a rising star. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ellis experiences emotional turbulence as she copes with her father's extended coma and the pain of changing friendships. Read full book review >

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CAMO GIRL by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"John Steptoe Award-winning debut, The Rock and the River (2009). (Fiction. 8-14)"
Ella and Zachary, sixth-grade misfits, cling to each other to get through the taunts, rejection and, sometimes, abuse from their classmates. Read full book review >

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X by Ilyasah Shabazz
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Readers for whom pre-civil rights America is ancient history will find this poetic interpretation eye-opening and riveting. (notes about characters, timeline, family tree, historical context, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Teaming with veteran Magoon, the third daughter of Malcolm X draws upon history and family stories to create a novel about her father's life before the "X." Read full book review >

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REBELLION OF THIEVES by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A fast-paced, futuristic adventure tale that will have readers feeling as though they've been on a physical and emotional roller coaster. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Following Shadows of Sherwood (2015), this second book in the series finds black, braided Robyn Loxley continuing her life as a 12-year-old outlaw who has to fend for herself while protecting her home, Nott City, against the strict rule of the wicked dictator, Gov. Ignomus Crown. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Entertaining and clever—and that's no lie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Some boys cry wolf, but to the admiration of one individual, Ben cries Bigfoot. Read full book review >

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HUGO AND MILES IN I’VE PAINTED EVERYTHING! by Scott Magoon
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2007

"Though he tried for a fresh vision, the story is predictable, and the blocky pencil and digitally colored illustrations have a forced hipster vibe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hugo is deep in an "elephunk" because he's already "painted everything!" Read full book review >

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BREATHE by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Richly composed and sweetly appealing—just right for baby storytimes as well as one-to-one sharing. (Picture book. 6 mos.-3)"
A very young white whale swims into the wider world of the arctic seas, celebrating first adventures of the very young. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY RIDE! by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Not this one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Mystery ride, / Mystery ride, / Do you want / to go on a / Mystery ride? / NO!" Read full book review >