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  • The Watermelon man
    Melvin Van Peebles

    The influential director, actor, and writer of the groundbreaking 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song" had a long and lasting creative career. Here is just a sampling of his work.


Reviews

  • Redwood and Ponytail by Holt, K. A.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    This was a beautifully-written novel in verse. I loved seeing both Tam and Kate's points of view. It was funny, realistic, sad, and uplifting all at once. I have a feeling this book will be one of those "books at the right time" for a lot of kids struggling to understand who they are and what they feel. As it says in the end, there is no such thing as normal and love is love is love is love.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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  • More to the story by Khan, Hena.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    This book was so good. It was funny, emotional, and well-written. It was a realistic look at family dynamics and sisters. We see how a family comes together in the good times and the bad.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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  • Stargazing by Wang, Jen,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story about friendship and being true to who you are. I thought it was interesting the way Jen Wang handled what was actually happening with Moon. It was realistic and interesting. I would recommend this to children ages 9-12 who like character-driven graphic novels.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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  • Sincerely, Harriet by Searle, Sarah Winifred.
    ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    I liked the artwork and the story is fine but I didn't love it. The drama is kind of boring and underdeveloped. I would have liked to see more of Harriet's past in Indiana. I wanted more character development so I could sympathize more with Harriet and not be so annoyed with her lying. If the author writes another book about Harriet i would read it; it might be interesting to see how she deals with a new school and making friends.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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  • The phantom hour by Shepherd, Kat.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved the first book in this series and this one is just as well-written and creepy! I like the characters and their diversity. I would hand this book to anyone who loves a spooky story with good character development.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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  • The owls have come to take us away by Smith, Ronald L.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    This book was really good! It was engrossing to the point it was hard to stop reading it. It's a great mixture of typical middle grade books (friends, crushes, family problems) and science fiction. It was well-written and believable.

    Reviewed by Mary W on Sep 13, 2021

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