Bound To Stay Bound

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 Black girl you are Atlas
 Author: Watson, Renee

 Publisher:  Kokila (2024)

 Dewey: 811
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 81 p., col. ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 922553 ISBN: 9780593461709
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 African Americans -- Poetry
 Women -- Poetry
 American poetry

Price: $23.28

Using a mixture of poetic forms from haiku and tanka to prose poems and free verse, Watson shares recollections of her childhood in Portland, tender odes to the Black women in her life, and urgent calls for Black girls to step into their power with love, understanding, and celebration.

 Illustrator: Holmes, Ekua

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (01/01/24)
   Booklist (03/01/24)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2024 Gr 7 Up—Drawing from her past memories, Watson encourages Black girls to celebrate themselves with love in this semi-autobiographical collection of poetry. In "Resurrection" she explains, "Renée, the name that means rebirth, to bring new life." Renée is a sense of resilience after the sorrows of her ancestors and the traumas of Rodney King, Anita Hill, Breonna Taylor, and teachers blind to the brilliance of a young Black girl. Joyful childhood recollections include double Dutch, Werther's Original and peppermint candies on Sundays, reggae, dreadlocks, and white sand. Bob Marley, The Jackson 5, and New Edition write a fresh diagram for feet to follow with their songs. The combination of poetry and collage art is exceptionally powerful and dynamic. The imagery provided by the reflective verse is encapsulated exquisitely in tandem with the illustrations. Although pain is present at the intersection of race, gender, and class, it is balanced by the many ways love shows up. Soulful haiku, free verse, and tanka poetry paired with dazzling designs propel the sense of sisterhood that jumps off the page with pride and jubilance. VERDICT Brimming with vibrant, layered poetry and stunningly textured collage art, this ballad for Black girls is a must for all collections.—Lisa Krok - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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