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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

Amid the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Bé loses her voice after her mother leaves her to live with her father, brothers, and terrible stepmother, Big Mother. Her father, whose health deteriorates after a stroke, cannot stop Big Mother’s abuses. Bé finds comfort in a new friend, a three-legged cat she names Mèo. But Big Mother’s hate has no bounds, and she sells Bé to men who … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

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Book Review of Beauty Woke

A Puerto Rican family welcomes a beautiful baby girl named Beauty. As Beauty grows up, her big familia teaches her to be proud of her heritage. Beauty is a Boricua with Taíno Indian and African ancestors, so her Abuela encourages her to “stay onyx, stay gold.” But one day, Beauty hears the news saying hurtful words about other Hispanics. When it is time for the … Continue reading Book Review of Beauty Woke

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Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Meg Medina won the Newbery Medal for her middle-grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears, a story of a sixth-grader girl dealing with her abuelo Lolo’s newly discovered disease and a bossy classmate named Edna Santos. Merci and her close-knit Latino family won our hearts, and they are back in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. Merci is in seventh grade now, and Miss McDaniels puts her and … Continue reading Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina