Guest Post: 15 Middle School Reads by Black Authors

Two weeks ago, my 11-year-old brother asked me to help pick out some great books, and I realized that I didn’t know would be a good fit for him! Thankfully, I knew just who to ask. Hopefully some insight from Black Children’s Books and Authors‘ Stacy Ladonna will help y’all as well.  I know a lot of educators,  and the mere mention of the words “middle school” tends to elicit groans, moans, and all sorts of monosyllabic utterances. It’s that awkward developmental stage—ages 11 to 13—where a child’s physical, social, and emotional growth is all over the place. Cognitively, however, they are growing “increasingly competent at…

Book Review | The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renée Ahdieh

After the last retelling of a classic story, I wasn’t exactly  clamoring for more. It wasn’t awful, but I wasn’t interested enough to read the rest of the series. Thank goodness for the flash sale price on The Wrath & the Dawn, or I’d have missed out on it completely. The Wrath & The Dawn is a young adult book that I quite honestly forgot was for young adults at times. Along those same lines, it is certainly a book I would have read and adored as a teenager. A retelling of 1001 Nights (or Arabian Nights, if you know of it that way), The…