Book Review: Grace, Gold & Glory, My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford

I was faithfully supporting young Gabby Douglas during the 2012 Summer Olympics, from the time she was selected for the only guaranteed spot on Team USA, ’til the moment she made Olympic history as the first woman of color and African American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold. Her tiny but strong frame, her … Continue reading Book Review: Grace, Gold & Glory, My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford

Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is an award-winning children’s novel published in 1999. In 1930s Michigan, we meet Bud, a young African American boy on the run. He’s looking for a musician, whom he believes may be his father. He finds the man, befriends the band, and eventually discovers the truth behind the … Continue reading Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937, penned by renowned author Zora Neale Hurston. We follow the story of Janie, a young African American woman who breaks all chains of tradition by refusing to marry the man her family had selected for her, and setting off to make her own life. She goes … Continue reading Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Book Review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Native Son is a novel written by Richard Wright in 1940, which explores the question of nature vs. nurture from a racial perspective. The main character, Bigger, is a young black man experiencing the us vs. them world of the 1940s. He resents that he doesn’t have the same opportunities as white boys his age. … Continue reading Book Review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

In this beautiful and exceptionally-written coming-of-age novel, The Secret Life of Bees, author Sue Monk Kidd transports us to a 1960s South Carolina summer. Young Lily and her black housekeeper, Rosaleen, are on the run from Lily’s abusive father. Meanwhile, a group of racist white men are after Rosaleen for insulting them. Following the lead … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Book Review: Dear America: With the Might of Angels, The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson (Hadley, Virginia 1954) by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Meet Dawnie Rae, "Dear America"'s first 20th century African American heroine, a vibrant and indestructible girl. Dawnie is bright and dreams of becoming a doctor, but she lives in the midst of Jim Crow Virginia in the 1950s, where blacks are segregated from whites, given a much poorer education than in white schools, and have very … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: With the Might of Angels, The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson (Hadley, Virginia 1954) by Andrea Davis Pinkney