Search Results: "Tonya C. Hegamin"


BOOK REVIEW

PEMBA’S SONG by Marilyn Nelson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"However, there is a persistent rushing of the narrative, with details emerging unnaturally fast, that detracts from the overall appeal of this novella. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A beautifully written, richly historical but too-quickly paced tale unfolds in two voices in this suspenseful ghost story. Read full book review >

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WILLOW by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A gripping but uneven exploration of the anguishing impact of slavery. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
An educated slave girl struggles against the confines of race and gender in this coming-of-age story set in 1848 on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2009

"An unflinching depiction of slavery's impact on families, this selection's reassuring message of love shatters all bonds. (author's note, further resources) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Spare language and vibrant art present a powerful message of hope during American slavery, through a mother's sacrifice and her gift of freedom. Read full book review >

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M+O 4EVR by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 2, 2008

"Flawed but lovely. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A touching if uneven debut about friendship, family and race. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A convincing, handsomely produced argument that the proclamation, for all its acknowledged limitations, remains a watershed document. (endnotes, bibliography, extensive timeline) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A vivid depiction of the issues and tensions surrounding abolition and the development of Lincoln's responses to them as the United States plunged into the Civil War. Read full book review >

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M.L.K. by Tonya Bolden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Still, an important, comprehensive look at a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. (author's note, timeline, source notes, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Adding to the growing body of literature about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, Bolden attempts to portray the passion of a man for a cause when he could have lived a quiet life untouched by the troubles that would come his way. Read full book review >

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FINDING FAMILY by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Each carefully posed subject is a fascinating enigma. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Set in 1905 Charleston, W.Va., this richly lyrical and historically persuasive coming-of-age story explores the ties that bind, break and renew an affluent African-American family. Read full book review >

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CAUSE by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"Despite the shortcomings, still the best resource to date for young readers. (maps, illustration credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The post-Civil War period known as Reconstruction was a revolutionary time of enormous possibility, but it ultimately was an "unfinished revolution" in racial democracy, leaving it to future generations to hash out what democracy really meant. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Notes on the authors. (Short stories. 11+)"
Seventeen stories, of particular interest because of the high quality of their writing as well as for their diverse insights into growing up black. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 8, 2007

In the argot of the times, Bolden offers a fascinating study of the girl bands of the Swing era during WWII. Read full book review >

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UP CLOSE: W.E.B. DU BOIS by Tonya Bolden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Though not one of the stronger entries in this series, it's still a good introduction to an important American figure. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, often declared "the colour line" its defining problem, and his writing remains relevant today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Valuable and impressive. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Bolden (Rock of Ages, 2001, etc.) presents an overview about what life has been like through the years for African-American children in the US. Read full book review >