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Once Upon a Winter Day
Liza Woodruff. Holiday House/Ferguson, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4099-3

Milo wants a story, but his busy mother sends him to play in the snow instead. Miffed, he starts following a set of tiny mouse tracks beneath the bird feeder. As he picks up clues, asks questions, and knits together his observations, he makes up a tale all on his own. Woodruff creates a richly narrative landscape—one that should inspire readers to venture outside and notice stories of their own. more

The Secret Life of Sam
Kim Ventrella. HarperCollins, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-294118-3

Samuel West just wants to go back to when his Pa was alive and spinning wild tales. But Pa, the only parent Sam ever knew, died recently in a car accident. Now, Sam is dragged from Bayou St. George, La., by his paternal Aunt Jo to her home in Holler, Okla. There, he finds a hollowed-out tree and “a cat with half a face” who leads him to a doorway to an alternate Bayou St. George where he’s reunited with Pa. more

Class Act
Jerry Craft. HarperAlley/Quill Tree, $12.99 paper (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-288551-7

In this companion to Newbery winner New Kid, eighth grader Drew Ellis embarks on a turbulent second year at the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School in the Bronx alongside best friends Jordan Banks and Liam Landers. Weaving discussions of race, socioeconomics, colorism, and solidarity into an accessible narrative, Craft offers a charming cast journeying through the complicated landscapes of puberty, self-definition, and changing friendships. more

The Talk: Conversations About
Race, Love, & Truth

Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. Crown, $18.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-593-12161-0

The pioneer founders of Just Us Books present a riveting collection of 17 candid discussions on racism, identity, and self-esteem by 30 Black, Indigenous, and other children’s book creators of color. Through contributors’ personal experiences with systemic issues, readers will recognize the necessity of having open dialogue with loved ones. A compelling call to action for readers of any background. more

Dear Justyce
Nic Stone. Crown, $18.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-984829-66-5

Stone tackles the American juvenile justice system and its unjust persecution of Black boys in this gritty, powerful sequel to Dear Martin. Stone deftly explores systemic oppression and interrogates the notion of justice, particularly in how Black boys are often treated as adults and lost in the school-to-prison pipeline. more

October 15, 2020
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