A NEW LOOK AT CRITICAL
MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY
THE MARCH AGAINST FEAR
By Ann Bausum
James Meredith set out to walk across Mississippi
to confront racial fears, but two days in he was shot
and wounded. Leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr., took up his
cause. What started as one man’s mission became
one of the greatest but least-known civil rights
protests of the time.
“...exceptionally well-written and researched...”
“...exemplary look into civil rights history concludes with perspective and encouragement
regarding ongoing struggles for
social change.”—★ PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
“A must-have volume on James Meredith, the
March Against Fear, and the evolution of
Black Power...”—★ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
SHACKLES FROM THE DEEP
By Michael Cottman
When a pile of 300-year-old shackles—some
small enough for the wrists of children—was
discovered on the ocean floor, journalist Michael
Cottman set out to trace the murky past of these
remnants from the sunken slave ship Henrietta
Marie. His journey across three continents
uncovered the history of the people involved with
the ship, the grim past of the slave trade, and rich
stories of his own ancestry.
“Every bit of this concise, detailed book feels
personal…rich with intrigue and poignant,
thought-provoking questions. Part mystery, part
history, part self-discovery, this is a stunning trip
well worth taking.”—★ BOOKLIST
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fecting, varied poems and Jin’s in plain prose
and e-mails. This heartfelt, multivoice story
with a meaningful message about friendship
and acceptance is perfect for kids who appreciate realistic, character-driven stories, such
as Rebecca Stead’s Goodbye Stranger (2015).
A Month of Mondays.
By Joëlle Anthony.
Mar. 2017. 200p. Second Story, paper, $10.95
(9781772600261). Gr. 4–7.
Suze Tamaki always seems to be getting
herself into trouble, a result of feeling bored
with school and her life in general. When an
English teacher coaxes her into an honors
class, Suze learns what it’s like to finally be
challenged. However, her life dramatically
changes when her mother, Caroline, shows
up unannounced after a 10-year absence and
wants to pick up where she left off. Dad’s
not thrilled, and big sister Tracie won’t allow it. In fact, she’s adamant that the two
stick to the pact they’d made years before:
never to speak to Caroline. Ever. But Suze
is conflicted and wants to give her mother
a chance. Anthony, who writes YA novels
under the name J. M. Kelly, has created an
engaging narrator bound to resonate with
readers. Suze is half Anglo, half Japanese,
and a Canadian tween through and through.
Her missteps, hesitations, and assumptions
are universal, and when she faces her tough-est challenges, she takes messy but brave
leaps that leave her a little more mature than
the day before. —Jeanne Fredriksen
Ossiri and the Bala Mengro.
By Richard O’Neill and Katharine
Quarmby. Illus. by Hannah Tolson.
Mar. 2017. 32p. Child’s Play, $16.99 (9781846439254).
Ossiri, a Traveler girl, loves music and
longs for an instrument, but her family is
too poor. And anyway, that’s not what “
Tattin Folki”—nomadic recyclers who salvage,
mend, alter, barter, and sell—do. So Ossiri
makes her own instrument, a Tattin Djan-go, from recycled bits and a willow branch.
Unfortunately, her playing is cacophonous,
and it wakes a gigantic ogre—a Bala Mengro, or Hairy Person. Ossiri is terrified, but
it turns out that her noise is literally music
to the ogre’s ears. The colorful mixed-media
illustrations match the descriptive, well-paced third-person narration. The folk-art
pictures are pleasant, but the focal points of
the spreads often feel misplaced, causing relevant details to be lost in the compositions.
Although the author provides a cultural context of Romani and Traveler culture, it’s still
unclear exactly which elements of the tale
are being drawn from where, and how much
is being invented from whole cloth. All that
said, the storytelling cadence begs to be read
aloud. —Amy Seto Forrester
Waiting for Pumpsie.
By Barry Wittenstein. Illus. by London
Feb. 2017. 32p. Charlesbridge, $16.99 (9781580895453).
It’s 1959. Growing up in an African Ameri-
can family of avid baseball fans, Bernard loves
almost everything about the Red Sox, from
listening to games on the radio to cheering
on the players at Fenway. What’s not to love?
Well, there’s the fact that some folks in the
stands make rude, racist remarks and the in-
justice that— 12 years after Jackie Robinson
“broke the color barrier”—the team has never
fielded a black player. Finally, under pressure,
management hires Pumpsie Green. The story
ends on a high note, with everyone celebrat-
ing as Green contributes to a Red Sox win.
Weaving in facts, emotions, and perspective,
the first-person text makes it easy to empa-
thize with Bernard’s point of view. The acrylic
and colored-pencil illustrations feature good
characterizations, strong compositions, and
dramatic ball-park scenes. A closing author’s
note fills in some baseball history. With its
tacit acknowledgment that social change is a
slow process and that racism was not confined
to the South, this picture book contributes
to children’s understanding of America’s past,
while telling a good story. —Carolyn Phelan