July 26, 2017

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Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee | SLJ Review

MARTIN, Jacqueline Briggs & June Jo Lee. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. illus. by Man One. 32p. bibliog. further reading. photos. websites. Readers to Eaters. May 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780983661597.

Gr 1-5 –Spicy, sweet, colorful, tangy—all the words that authors Martin and Lee use to describe Roy Choi’s Korean Mexican cuisine apply just as accurately to the book they’ve created along with L.A. street artist Man One. Choi’s parents came to the United States from […]

Nonfiction: Yoga, Space, Sharks, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Yoga poses for those about to head off to bed, an exciting exploration of Apollo 13, and more.

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The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin | SLJ Review

RUBIN, Susan Goldman. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. 56p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Abrams. Jun. 2017. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781419721311.

Gr 6 Up –A quilt “represents safekeeping, it represents beauty, and you could say it represents family history.” In this handsomely designed volume, Rubin shares the history of the Gee’s Bend families, who, for more than 100 years, have been designing and creating bold and brilliant quilts. From 1845, when plantation owner Mark Pettway and his household settled in […]

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly | SLJ Review

SHETTERLY, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. 368p. bibliog. index. notes. Morrow. Sept. 2016. Tr $27.99. ISBN 9780062363596.

In popular culture, Rosie the Riveter symbolized the thousands of women who worked assembly line jobs during World War II; her image lives on as an iconic poster for women’s rights. Shetterly tells a companion story: starting in 1945, about 50 college-educated African American female […]

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi | SLJ Review

ATKINS, Laura & Stan Yogi. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. illus. by Yutaka Houlette. 112p. (Fighting for Justice). bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. Heyday. Jan. 2017. Tr $18. ISBN 9781597143684.

Gr 4-8 –A compelling blend of free verse, expository text, and artwork illuminates the life and times of Japanese American activist Fred Korematsu. Growing up in Oakland, the child of Japanese immigrants, Korematsu was a typical American kid, joining the Boy Scouts and dancing to big band music. Following Pearl […]

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale | SLJ Review

LEATHERDALE, Mary Beth. Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. illus. by Eleanor Shakespeare. 64p. chron. websites. Annick. Apr. 2017. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554518968; pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781554518951.

Gr 4-7 –Across time, desperation has driven people from their homes in search of refuge—and the only way out is often through a stormy passage on the sea. Ruth was one of 900 Jewish people who boarded a ship, hoping to escape Nazi Germany; Mohammed, orphaned during the civil war in […]

Visions, Past and Present: World History | Series Nonfiction

An exploration of refugees from Crabtree; profiles of rabble-rousing women from Enslow.

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Connecting with One Another: Social Science | Series Nonfiction

Are you students in need of a little global goodwill? Check out these latest series that promote social awareness and responsibility.

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Problem-solving Techies: Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

Prepare kids and teens for the workforce with these series on coding, social media, and more.

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Helpers and Hunters: Animals | Series Nonfiction

With a range of formats, from encyclopedias to graphic novels, this season’s lineup is sure to get students roaring.

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Classic and Trending: Biography | Series Nonfiction

A bevy of inspirational figures populate this spring’s offerings, from Simone Biles to Alexander Hamilton.

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Technology, Pure and Simple: General Science | Series Nonfiction

Black holes, drones, and prehistoric beasts…oh my! A wondrous exploration of STEM fields awaits.

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Make It!: Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction

Makers will line up for craft books on 3-D printing, zombie-inspired treats, and more.

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Natural Wonders: Life Science | Series Nonfiction

Did you know bristlecone pines were ancient? Check out these fascinating plant and animal adaptations.

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Piecing Together Our Past: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

A focus on U.S. military battles and engagements marks this season’s offerings.

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All Work—and Play!: Geography | Series Nonfiction

Kids and teens will discover familiar and unfamiliar holidays, countries, and landmarks.

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Whistling in the Graveyard: Mythology | Series Nonfiction

A ghostly gathering of gods and ghouls for students’ nefarious needs.

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Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke | SLJ Review

BEHNKE, Alison Marie. Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality. 160p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. illus. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Apr. 2017. Tr $35.99. ISBN 9781512402681.

Gr 6 Up –Behnke provides an in-depth analysis of the inequalities that people of color experience at different levels of U.S. society, from housing and education to criminal justice and poverty. The author foregrounds her examination with relevant historical context, extensive data from studies, and testimonials to draw evidence-based conclusions while still recognizing […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | April 2017

A biography of Japanese American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu; a delightful introduction to the Jewish holiday Purim starring a quirky chicken; and the true story of Kunkush the cat, who reunited with his Iraqi family after getting lost while fleeing the country.

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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson | SLJ Audio Review

STELSON, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. 3 CDs. 3:27 hrs. Dreamscape. Dec. 2016. $29.99. ISBN 9781520063034. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Sachiko Yasui was six years old when an atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki: this is the account of her survival. She experienced the death of family members, homelessness, and ill health, but the unrelenting encouragement of her father gave her the strength and willpower to face the future. He had told her always […]