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 Simon B. Rhymin' takes a stand (Simon B. Rhymin')
 Author: Reed, Dwayne

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 233 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 742407 ISBN: 9780316539012
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Social action -- Fiction
 Rap (Music) -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Summary:
When Simon B. Rhymin' and his crew notice inequality in their school and neighborhoood, they use rhymes to help bring their community together.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Holi, Ellien
 Illustrator: Paul, Robert

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/22)
   Booklist (04/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2022 Simon Barnes, a Black fifth-grader living in Chicago, is back with new raps and a new project when his best friend Maria’s debate team becomes a debate club due to funding cuts. Is it fair that the schools on the north side get to have teams and art classes while the west side doesn’t? Simon and his friends don’t think so, and after learning about protests like the sleep-in for Breonna Taylor, they decide to circulate a petition. Simon continues to drop rhymes readers will be bobbing their heads to in this second installment from Reed. Musicians in the making will be drawn in by Simon’s raps about his everyday life, and Reed builds a great neighborhood of characters around Simon that lets every reader find representation that resonates with them. Reed’s timely writing style brings Simon’s life to light, and each character has a strong, individual voice. While Simon’s quest to use his voice and not be afraid of it may feel familiar to some, the setting and authorial tone helps this title stand out. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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