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Have you Read: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson, a 2018 #Cybils Middle Grade winner?

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

There is SO MUCH to love about this title! The Parker Inheritance has something for everyone:

  • Black History
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Divorce
  • LGBTQ
  • A Mystery to solve

Take all of those ingredients and what comes out is an award winning book. Readers will love how Johnson took his time drawing our main characters into the story making sure to draw fully fleshed out personalities. Brandon and Candice try to solve a puzzle to clear Candice’s late grandmother’s name. And oh what a mystery it is. From learning about Jim Crow laws in the South to modern day experiences of bullying by adults and children, these two form a true friendship built on trust. And they might win a bunch of money too. What’s not to love about that?

The Parker Inheritance is having a great year: A Cybils award, my blog, a Diversity Reading Challenge feature, and Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Honor Award! Way to go Parker Inheritance!

If you’re keeping track, The Parker Inheritance ticks off the box for an African American young woman as the main character.

Bam.

 

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson, a #Cybils Middle Grade winner!

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

There is SO MUCH to love about this title! The Parker Inheritance has something for everyone:

  • Black History
  • Friendship
  • Bullying
  • Divorce
  • LGBTQ
  • A Mystery to solve

Take all of those ingredients and what comes out is an award winning book. Readers will love how Johnson took his time drawing our main characters into the story making sure to draw fully fleshed out personalities. Brandon and Candice try to solve a puzzle to clear Candice’s late grandmother’s name. And oh what a mystery it is. From learning about Jim Crow laws in the South to modern day experiences of bullying by adults and children, these two form a true friendship built on trust. And they might win a bunch of money too. What’s not to love about that?

The Parker Inheritance is having a great year: A Cybils award, my blog, a Diversity Reading Challenge feature, and Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Honor Award! Way to go Parker Inheritance!

If you’re keeping track, The Parker Inheritance ticks off the box for an African American young woman as the main character.

 

 

 

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The Zora & Me Series has books for girls who look like me! #DiversityReadingChallenge

Not sure what to read that has an African American young woman as the main character? Here are TWO titles that can choose from that will satisfy the Diversity Reading Challenge:

Zora & Me

and

Zora & Me The Cursed Ground

This series is a fictionalized account of our beloved Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood. There so much fun in these stories and so much history. You know how I love to sneak in some learning while a kid is reading? Well these books fit that need. Not only will Brown kids revel in seeing themselves as main characters all kids will enjoy the mystery, the suspension and the plain old fun of these middle grade reads.

Note: the “n” word is used alot so be advised if you don’t want your child exposed to that word you might want to reach for another book instead. It’s also possible to use these books as teaching tools for black history, civil rights, cooking (Yum Southern food) or just about anything else that a good book is needed for.

Read on or both, BAM, you’re done and you’ve satisfied item #4.

EASY!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter H #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is

H

The Book

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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I know I know, I’m choosing old books but you go where the Bad Girls are, right?
So today on H day we are traveling to 1960s American South, during the civil rights era. There are a plethora of Bad Girls in this book. First, Skeeter. She’s return home from college and is expected to marry. Problem is, Skeeter’s not too interested in marriage right now. Also, she wants to know the whereabouts of her beloved Constantine, who has raised her. Meanwhile Skeeter meets Abileen and Minny, two African American women who are just trying to survive in the cruel South. All of these women band together to work on a secret project and while separately they are Bad Girls (or Bad Women) together they form the Bad Girls Fight Club, voicing their opinions about how wrong the way things are in The South. And if you know this book, you know about the pie. And if you don’t know about the pie, you should read the book just for that scene. There is nothing meek or mild about these ladies. They are the epitome of Bad Ass.

Well, that’s letter H and you made it through another week of the A to Z Challenge.

Let’s celebrate!