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introduces Celeste to the many
legendary artists who congregate at
the local café. Sobering and inspir-
ing, Tate’s novel is a moving portrait
of growing up black and female in
Dave at Night. By Gail Carson
Levine. 1999. Harper, $7.99
(9780064407472). Gr. 5–7.
The year 1926 finds young Dave in
the Hebrew Home for Boys (aka “the
Hell Hole for Brats”). Dave, a natu-
ral-born troublemaker, sneaks out of
the home and meets up with a “for-
tune-teller” who introduces him to
the world of the Harlem Renaissance.
Existing familiarity with the Harlem
Renaissance will help younger readers
appreciate Dave’s experiences, but this
is a solid supplemental text featuring
a feisty and fearless kid.
Harlem Renaissance Party. By Faith
Ringgold. Illus. by the author. 2015.
Amistad, $17.99 (9780060579111).
Lonnie and his uncle travel back
in time to the Harlem Renaissance.
Lonnie hopes to meet Langston
Hughes, his favorite poet, and he is
thrilled to encounter so many giants
“sharing dreams of a better life for all
black people.” The pair have chicken
and waffles with Jack Johnson, wave
to Madame C. J. Walker in her con-
vertible, dance to “Satchmo” at the
Savoy, and meet a litany of luminaries
along the way.
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.
By Sarah Stewart Taylor. Illus. by
Ben Towle. 2010. Hyperion, $17.99
(9781423113379). Gr. 4–7.
This graphic-novel biography offers
a fresh view of one particular chapter
of Amelia Earhart’s life. In June 1928,
years before her historic solo flight,
Earhart became the first woman to
fly across the Atlantic as a passenger.
The bulk of the story takes place in
a small Newfoundland village, the
takeoff point for the flight. Endnotes
authenticate the underlying historical significance and accuracy of some
Soar, Elinor! By Tami Lewis Brown.
Illus. by François Roca. 2010. Farrar,
$16.99 (9780374371159). Gr. 2–4.
Elinor Smith took her first flight
at age 6, became a licensed pilot at
16, was voted “Best Woman Pilot
in America” over the likes of Amelia
Earhart, went on to be a test pilot,
and, at age 89, “flew” NASA’s space-shuttle simulator. Presenting Smith as
Music follows a young George
Gershwin everywhere in The
Music in George’s Head, by
Suzanne Slade, illustrated by
a capable young enthusiast steadfastly
ignoring gender expectations, this
narrative centers on the aviator’s daring 1928 flight beneath four of New
York’s East River bridges.
Good-Bye, Charles Lindbergh. By
Louise Borden. Illus. by Thomas
B. Allen. 1998. Simon & Schuster/
Margaret K. McElderry, o.p. K–Gr. 4.
Young Gil has the surprise of his
life when he meets a famous pilot.
Fascinated with aviation in general,
and an admirer of Lindbergh in
particular, Gil cannot believe his eyes
when Lindbergh actually lands in a
field by his house. This explores the
complex issues of age versus youth,
modern technology versus the Old
World, and innocence versus experience. Allen’s colored-pencil illustrations capture the magic of the event
and accurately portray the historical
aspects of the 1920s.
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying
Mouse. By Torben Kuhlmann.
Illus. by the author. Tr. by Suzanne
Levesque. 2014. North-South,
$19.95 (9780735841673). Gr. 2–5.
A curious, inventive mouse is horrified by Europe’s latest contraption:
the mousetrap. The streets of his city
are soon dangerous and empty of his
fellow rodents. Determined to flee
to safety in America, and following a
trajectory mirroring the actual history
of aviation, the little mouse builds
himself a tiny, single-seat plane,
which he promptly flies across the
Atlantic—solo, no less—only to arrive in America a mini celebrity.
Becoming Babe Ruth. By
Matt Tavares. Illus. by the au-
thor. 2013. Candlewick, $16.99
(9780763656461). Gr. 1–4.
This exceptionally engaging chroni-
cle recounts George Herman Ruth Jr.’s
amazing rags-to-riches story, from his