Children’s Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

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Walter Dean Myers, prolific author of children’s books – from picture books for youngsters to novels for young adults, to poetry and non-fiction, many depicting the realistic struggles of growing up a person of color – passed away on July 1, 2014 after a brief illness. After his mother died giving birth to his younger [….]

LitStack Review: Butter by Anne Panning

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Butter Anne Panning Switchgrass Books First Edition:  October 15, 2012 ISBN 978-0-87580-681-5 We usually think of nostalgia as a sentimental warm fuzzy feeling, a wistful desire to return back to what was, when – true or not – things seemed to have been simpler, and “better.”  What is so marvelous with Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, [….]

LitStack Review: A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar

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A Fort of Nine Towers Qais Akbar Omar Farrar, Straus and Giroux First Edition: April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-0374157647 When my daughter was seven years old, she was in 2nd grade in the Minneapolis public school system.  She was a good student, struggled in math some, occasionally had to deal with another girl who liked [….]