May 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review of the Day: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-94617-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The other day I was asked to come up with ten children’s book equivalents to Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen (which, should anybody ask you, is not for kids). To do this, I wanted […]

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Part historical fiction, part critical problem-solving exercise, part suspenseful mystery, this story weaves through the past and present of one town’s struggle with hatred and racism.

Two New Middle Grade Novels Explore Racism, Past and Present | SLJ Spotlight

Two powerful middle grade novels explore the tough yet crucial topic of racism.

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“Get Away” with Under-the-Radar Books for Teen Read Week

Librarian Julie Stivers presents diverse and underappreciated titles that should be celebrated during YALSA’s Teen Read Week (October 18–24), including Varian Johnson’s The Great Greene Heist and Polly Holyoke’s The Neptune Project.

How to Build a Bestseller with Non-White Characters

Creating a blockbuster with diverse characters requires years of commitment, collaboration, and buy-in from every segment of the publishing community.