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 Black boy joy

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (2021)

 Dewey: 808
 Classification: Story Collection
 Physical Description: 296 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 123464 ISBN: 9780593379936
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 African American boys -- Fiction
 Short stories
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Today's top and rising-star Black male and nonbinary authors contribute genre-spanning stories to this fresh and vital middle-grade anthology about the joys and complexities of Black boyhood.

 Editor: Mbalia, Kwame

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 512804

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (08/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 Gr 3–7—It can be challenging to find resonant books for middle grade Black boys that reflect the diversity of their experiences. A solution is right here with this excellent anthology. This exuberant collection runs the gamut, featuring prose and verse with illustrations from 17 Black male and nonbinary creators. Contributors include authors across a variety of youth literature genres, such as Jason Reynolds, Tochi Onyebuchi, Dean Atta, and Julian Winters. The stories themselves are short enough to appeal to reluctant readers and address all kinds of topics, from losing a close relative to saving the galaxy to getting injured doing a sport and the first day of school. Relationships and connection are the throughlines that render these seemingly disparate stories a cohesive whole. No matter if readers are into music, art, sports, church, or fantastical adventure, there is something in this book that they will connect with. VERDICT This book is a must-have in every collection for its variety of topics and its celebration of Black boyhood in all its forms.—Michelle Kornberger, Havenview M.S., Memphis - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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