Book Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Kid Reporter SHAWN E. GILBERT, JR., age 12 “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”, by Mildred D. Taylor. IMAGE: Puffin Group Inc. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry takes place in Mississippi in 1933. This is during the Jim Crow era when schools were segregated,...

How Fabulous!

By MATT SEIFMAN The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, by Lesléa Newman, 2004 IMAGE: Tricycle Press The Boy Who Cried Fabulous is about a young boy named Roger who is very curious, loves to explore and gets very excited by all the sights he sees on the street. He finds...

Bud, Not Buddy: A Young Boy's Search for Family

By EVELYN CANAL Image: Yearling Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis, is a story about a boy named Bud, who lived with his mother in Flint, Michigan, until she died when he was six. He did not know who his father was, so he had to go to an orphanage. Four years...

Review: Fire from the Rock

Fire from the Rock By Sharon Draper Speak, 2008 This is a historical-fiction novel about a 14-year-old African-American growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 1950s. During that time, schools were segregated between white and Black students, and Sylvia is chosen...

Review: Becoming Naomi Leon

Becoming Naomi Leon By Pam Muñoz Ryan Scholastic, 2006 A girl named Naomi Leon Soledad Outlaw has many troubles in her life. Kids at school tease her for her long name and pick on her little brother, Owen, who is developmentally disabled. Naomi and Owen live with...

The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth

The EarthWorks Group / Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009 This book shows you 50 simple things you can do to protect the earth through recycling, using less energy and protecting animals and insects. This book has experiments and activities you can do at home, at school,...