Book Review: Sylvia & Aki

By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 11 IMAGE: Winifred Conkling Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling, takes place in Westminster, Calif., and Poston War Relocation Center, Ariz., during WWII (1941-1945). It is based on the lives of two real children, Aki Munemitsu and...

Book Review: 101 Changemakers

By LILY COOK, age 15 101 Changemakers is about the women and men who have shaped America’s history by advocating for justice. The book tells the stories of many heroes, some of whom are common household names, like Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman, but also of...

Book Review: "Harris and Me"

By DANIEL IVKO, age 12 Gary Paulsen the author of “ Harris and Me” can be very funny when he wants to be. This book is told in the third person, about a boy whose alcoholic parents send him away to spend each summer with family relatives. One summer he is sent to stay...

Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By GABRIELA FIGUEROA, age16 Partially based on the author, Sherman Alexie’s life, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a humorous, but heartfelt story about a boy named Arnold (nicknamed Junior) growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. This...

Book Review: That's Not Fair!/¡No Es Justo!

By Kid Reporter DANESHIA POWELL JOHNSON, age 13 Image: Published by WingsPress That’s Not Fair!/¡No Es Justo! by Carmen Tafolla, Sharyll Tenayuca and Terry Ybanez (illustrator) Wings Press, 2008 (Bilingual edition) That’s Not Fair is a picture book that...

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,...