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Cover: African Americans and the Revolutionary War

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from Booklist on September 1, 2021

The Black American Journey is the latest generation of the publisher’s Journey to Freedom: The African American Library series (circa 2000) and The African American Journey series (a decade later). Some of the recent books are entirely new, while others are revised editions. The repackaged… View →

 
Cover: U.S. Presidents

A noteworthy review of Fascinating Facts from Booklist on May 15, 2021

These new books in the Fascinating Facts series bring together high-interest facts and anecdotes about the title topic. The material is grouped into several loosely related categories or chapters. In Dogs, author Pearson ably guides readers through the dog’s body, domestication, and various View →

 
Cover: Revolutionary War Spy Stories

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Each title starts off with a ‘Fast Facts’ section, giving brief background information on the particular era. It also includes spies and their tools. The writing is serious. Mini biographies of spies and their actions are included. Anna Smith Strong, a spy during the Revolutionary War,… View →

 
Cover: Sink vs. Float

A noteworthy review of Science Showdowns from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Written to introduce basic science concepts through comparing and contrasting, each book in this series features a pair of opposites, such as light and dark or renewable and nonrenewable energy. Large, clear photos support the text and have labels to reinforce important details. There are… View →

 
Cover: The Emancipation Proclamation

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

To say ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ is too simplistic to be real history. Students should learn the actual reasons for his actions. Black Americans have withstood horrific conditions throughout American history and these books speak to their heartbreaking struggles and considerable triumphs.… View →

 
Cover: Dwarf Planets

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This eight-book series incorporates a broad range of subjects related to astronomy. Each book contains three or four chapters with many vibrant, full-page photographs. The length of the text and amount of data included in each title make it a good choice for first book reports or as a… View →

 
Cover: Marijuana: Affecting Lives

A noteworthy review of Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This series tells the stories of people with addictions and how they recover. These books are not focused on statistics or the science behind the drugs. Instead, they serve as examples for readers about how people start using drugs, become addicted, and find the help to quit. The people in… View →

 
Cover: World War II Spy Stories

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from Booklist on April 1, 2021

This entry in the True Spy Stories series (6 titles) begins with a bullet-pointed list of ‘fast facts,’ setting readers up with background information on WWII and spying that gives necessary context to the coming stories. From there, five chapters highlight five individual spies who played… View →

 
Cover: Dwarf Planets

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from Booklist on April 1, 2021

Kids curious about the universe of space objects beyond our eight local planets and sun will appreciate this title in the Blast Off to Space series (8 titles). The book opens with the discovery of the dwarf planet Eris, which led scientists to establish new criteria for classifying planets, View →

 
Cover: The Tulsa Race Massacre

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from Booklist on April 1, 2021

Starred Review. This volume in The Black American Journey series (12 titles) chronicles the rise of Greenwood, Oklahoma—later annexed by Tulsa—known as Black Wall Street for the wealth its Black population built, and the bloody massacre that was its downfall in 1921. In six chapters of… View →

 
Cover: His Brown Horse

A noteworthy review of Learning Sight Words from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Sight words, or words that developing readers can identify by memory without decoding them, are introduced through different scenarios in this series. Books take a set of two or three sight words and highlight them by repeating them in different sentences throughout the text (’Green apples… View →

 
Cover: Marijuana: Affecting Lives

A noteworthy review of Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction from Booklist on March 1, 2021

The Affecting Lives series uses sample scenarios to show young readers what can happen when people become dependent on controlled substances. Each book starts with a one-page introduction on what the substance looks like, what it’s made of, how it’s used, and typical physical and mental… View →