Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mourning Mabel R. McKissick, Coretta Scott King Book Awards co-Founder

We learned via an American Library Association news release that Mabel R. McKissick, co-founder of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, died on Friday, March 20, 2009.

Our condolences to her family and friends.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Abstract: During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 275 p.

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Abstract: The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.

Publisher: HarperTeen/Amistad, 169 p.