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Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Heartbreaking yet triumphant, Hall’s vivid reconstructions bore laser-like into a history long hidden. Her engaged scholarship adds back facts that have been stricken from many histories, and it empowers current lives and activism. Highly recommended for educators and for all adults and teens concerned about the United States’ promise, past, and future for its diverse peoples.

When I Came Out

Both poignant and funny, Louise’s life-changing decision to leave her marriage and live as a lesbian evokes the classic coming-of-age tale, skewed older yet still universal. A readalike for fans of Tee Franklin’s Bingo Love.

The Times I Knew I Was Gay

As Western culture becomes increasingly gay-friendly, Crewes’s experience will—fortunately—become more and more typical. The story of her journey will be much appreciated by young people who are curious about themselves and their friends.

Churchill: A Graphic Biography

Complex enough for adults seeking entrée into the Churchill mystique while also great reading for historically minded teens down through middle-schoolers.

Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës

Greenberg not only shows how the juvenile “scribblemania” of the Brontës prefigured later literary accomplishments, such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but also crafts a story that resonates within our own century. Engrossing for both adults and teens attracted to alt-history fantasy or the Brontës. (See also, Catherynne M. Valente’s The Glass Town Game, SLJ 6/17.)

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EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest

Long before diversity became a buzzword and rallying cry throughout publishing, the notorious EC Comics sneaked socially conscious stories about civil rights and justice for minorities into its 1950s sensationalist anthologies...


Escaping her upwardly mobile parents, Darla moves back to their old neighborhood in Chicago’s Bottomyards to find bare-bones housing where she can grow her design business on the cheap...

James Brown: Black and Proud

“The Godfather of Soul” came to fame during the 1960s civil rights movement...

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