|Woke : a young poet's call to justice|
Author: Browne, Mahogany L.
A collection of poems to instruct and inspire kids to stay woke in their everyday lives.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Acevedo, Elizabeth|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 508772
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/20)
School Library Journal (+) (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2020 What does it mean to be woke? Simply put, “to be WOKE is to understand that equality and justice for some is not equality and justice at all.” In this poetry collection, Browne, accompanied by Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, unpacks the weight of social inequities in 23 standalone poems in a variety of forms. Topics include activism, community, joy, prejudice, and resourcefulness, to name a few, blending the hard lines of fighting and resisting injustice with sweet moments of peace in our shared humanity. Aimed toward the middle grades, each poem offers lyrical strength and resolve that will encourage budding activists to develop an ever-important ethical and justice-oriented muscle. Taylor’s cartoonlike digital art embraces each poem, though depending on the reader, the strength of the illustrations may at times compete with the text. A title worth adding to any youth poetry collection, Woke will call out to and empower its readers with a reminder that “our voice is our greatest power.” - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 3–6—This new book from the team behind Woke Baby introduces concepts and explains issues that concern activists of all ages. These 24 poems celebrate diversity and individuality, touching on issues of gender, physical ability, race, immigration, and protest. The authors recognize the complex web of discrimination and systemic oppression that impacts many marginalized people. The message is clear: We must fight against injustice, and our words can be our greatest source of power. The cover image (a young person of color wearing a pen behind their ear and gazing upward) reflects a hopeful solution: poetry. The poems, written by three different poets, function well (perhaps better) as read-alouds. Their rhythm and natural flow are reminiscent of spoken word poetry, and the way they appear on the page is important. The illustrations resemble the modern, color-saturated, stylized work of graphic novelists like Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson. VERDICT An important book that demands to be seen. It adds to the conversation of #OwnVoices and speaks to a young person's need for expression and social justice.—Shannon O'Connor, Unami Middle School, Chalfont, PA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.