You've Got to Read This!
Library Home
Log in | First time user registration
320 book reviews found, page 20 of 64. Narrow results by selecting age range:
Print list Click here to view printer-friendly format
Grade range start:    Grade range end:
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Freedom Summer

Deborah Wiles (2001), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Historical, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
Joe and John Henry were the best of friends. Together they shelled butter beans, shot marbles, and swam in Fiddler's Creek. They loved playing and eating ice pops together. But there was one important difference between Joe and John Henry. Being white, Joe was permitted to go into any store, eat at any restaurant, and swim in the town's swimming pool. However, John Henry was black. Growing up in the south during the 1960's meant that he wasn't allowed to go and do most of the things his best friend could. The town's swimming pool was strictly off limits to him. Joe and John Henry had high hopes when they heard that due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964; they would finally be able to swim together at the town's pool. Their hopes were soon dashed when they saw the senseless filling of the pool with tar. This was done to prevent EVERYONE from using it. They soon realized that it takes more than changing the law to make things fair; it takes a changing of hearts. In Deborah Wile's, 'Freedom Summer', we see racism through the eyes of two young boys and witness their determination 'to make things right'.
Similar authors: Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert; Pat McKissack; Jacqueline Woodson
Similar books: Papa's Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert; Goin' Someplace Special by Pat McKissack; The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson; Coolies by Yin; Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/1/2011
ISBN-10: 0689830165
ISBN-13: 9780689830167
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Friendship For Today

Patricia C. Mckissack (2007), 240 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
It's scary enough to leave your old school and your old friends to begin sixth grade. But Rosemary will be one of just a few African American students at Robertson Elementary School, and when her best friend gets polio, she will be the only African American student in sixth grade. Her parent's troubled marriage is scary too, and now she has no one to talk to. Rosemary finds two new friends in very unexpected places, and she also learns to believe in herself. A very personal look into a troubled time in our history.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 4/27/2010
ISBN-10: 043966098X
ISBN-13: 9780439660983
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Frog Face and the Three Boys

Don Trembath (2001), 157 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
Three boys end up in the principal's office. Sidney can't stop himself from picking fights, Charlie likes to dodge situations by telling outrageous stories, and Jeffrey is painfully shy. Each is making trouble, none shows any signs of changing, and Mr. Duncan can't take it anymore. He has a brilliant idea: enroll them in karate class! Will these three misfits survive the challenge? This book is the first in the Black Belt series.
Book Series: Black Belt series
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 1551431653
ISBN-13: 9781551431659
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Fruit Bowl Project

Sarah Durkee (2006), 160 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
The kids in the eighth grade writers' workshop are in for a surprise: their teacher knows rock legend Nick Thompson, and he'll be dropping by to visit. As Nick Thompson sees it, 'A song's just a bowl of fruit, and I've just gotta figure out how to paint it.' He challenges them to take an ordinary event and to write about it in ways that are uniquely their own. What they create is a mixture of genres, forms, and perspectives that transforms something seemingly mundane into a work of art. This collection could inspire any writer looking for a new take on his or her subject.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 3/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0385732899
ISBN-13: 9780385732895
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Ghetto Cowboy

G. Neri (2011), 218 pages
Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
Fed up with Cole's truancy, his single Mom, who's also dealing with her own problems, drives Cole from their home in Detroit to Philly to live with a father he's never met. Not to mention horses he's never met, or even seen up close. Turns out his father's true vocation is that of an urban cowboy. He loves horses and understands them, rescues ones marked for slaughter, and has the neighborhood kids work in the stables cleaning and caring for the horses responsibly and in turn, keeping the kids off the street, away from gangs and drugs. From his Dad, Cole learns about the Cowboy Code, the honor among people who live their way of life, but from Boo, a horse he saves, he learns what it means to have something depend on him. When the city decides it's time to close down the barn to make way for a more profitable enterprise, it is up to Cole, his Dad and the Cowboy Code to find a way to save it.
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 5/8/2013
ISBN-13: 9780763649227
Page 20 of 64: Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 Next