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Toronto neighborhood. Vibrant
digital illustrations reflect it all,
from the people practicing tai chi in
the park to the Portuguese festival
preparations to the front-porch
Maybe Something Beautiful: How
Art Transformed a Neighborhood.
By Isabel F. Campoy and Theresa
Howell. Illus. by Rafael López. 2016.
HMH, $16.99 (9780544357693).
López is both the inspiration for
and illustrator of this dreamy picture
book about community activism.
Along with his wife, he initiated a
program to revitalize San Diego’s
East Village, transforming it from
a concrete desert into an inspiring
home for public art. The text follows
a girl whose own passion for making
art ushers in the muralist. Soon the
whole neighborhood gets involved.
Mimi’s Village: And How Basic
Health Care Transformed It. By Katie
Smith Milway. Illus. by Eugenie
Fernandes. 2012. Kids Can, $18.95
(9781554537228). Gr. 2–5.
Based on a blend of real events in
rural Kenya, this story relates how
Mimi’s sister almost dies from unsanitary water. A trip to a clinic in
a nearby village inspires Mimi and
the rest of her village to start a clinic
of their own to learn healthy habits
and prevent disease. Concluding
back matter describes a real village
health-care worker and ways that
American citizens can help and create change.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.
By Sonia Manzano. 2012. Scholastic,
$17.99 (9780545325059). Gr. 6–9.
Growing up in the Puerto Rican
East Harlem barrio in 1969, Rosa,
14, changes her name to Evelyn to be
Adults Modeling Activism
more mainstream. Then her activist
abuela arrives from Puerto Rico and
inspires Evelyn to join the Young
Lords, the political activists who
are working closely with the Black
Panthers and fighting for Puerto
Rican rights. Family drama ensues
against the backdrop of real-life po-
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing
Table. By Jacqueline Briggs Martin.
Illus. by Eric-Shabazz Larkin.
2013. Readers to Eaters, $17.95
(9780983661535). Gr. 1–4.
After spending his childhood
on a farm—where he vowed never
to plant or dig again—Will Allen
played professional basketball in
Europe. While there, he realized that
he actually enjoyed growing food.
Once back in the U.S., he purchased