cover image Ernestine & Amanda

Ernestine & Amanda

Sandra Belton. Aladdin Paperbacks, $4.5 (160pp) ISBN 978-0-689-80847-0

Set in the 1950s, two stories are narrated alternately by a pair of African American girls who take pride in their heritage but can't always appreciate each other. In the first, they prepare for a piano competition: ""Lots of texture and perceptive writing make this a winner,"" said PW. The second title finds the two attending different summer camps-one integrated, one all African American. Ages 8-12. (June)