Renee N.'s Book Reviews

A  Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

A Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Dive into Chicago’s past with relevance to the racial issues still facing Chicago and other communities today with this nonfiction read. A Few Drops of Red, sets the stage of all of the different events that led up to the race riots;  from immigrants from Europe and  southern Blacks coming to Chicago, to the meat […]


Agony House by Cherie Priest

Agony House by Cherie Priest

Denise and her parents have returned to their home town in Louisiana after being relocated to the Houston area after hurricane Katrina.   Her parents decided it would be a great idea to purchase an old house and fix it up to be a bed and breakfast.  The house is known as the Argonne House, but […]


Contagion

Contagion

Thea, a Hevetz intern, and a small crew are hurtling through space responding to a distress call.  After two months of space travel and they land at a research site, they thought was long abandoned until now.  Once they arrive, the crew isn’t sure what they’ve stumbled upon, with blood smears and the dead bodies […]


After the Shot Drops

After the Shot Drops

Bunny and Nasir were always best buds on the court and off the court until Bunny accepted a scholarship to a rival school. Now Bunny and Nasir  barely speak or see each other and are enemies on the court.  Nasir feels betrayed and left behind and knows that on the court is one place he […]


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

This is an epic collection of graphic  stories of women from different time periods, races and experiences using their strengths and skills to impact the world in a multitude of ways.  There’s the bearded lady, Clementine Delait, who used her intriguing beauty and entrepreneurial skills to build a business or Josephine Baker, whose dancing and […]


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Arturo’s summer started out like most summers, he got a summer job at his family’s restaurant, his best friends were around to hang out and his Abuela kept everything running smoothly. Then his mom’s god daughter, Carmen, and her father come to stay in their apartment building for the summer. Carmen, has grown up a […]


Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle

Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle

Murder, forbidden islands, Zeppelins, Vango, is nonstop thrill ride. Set in pre-World War II Europe, we first meet Vango as he is about to become priest. But, the outdoor ceremony is interrupted as the police storm in looking to arrest Vango for murder. Before the police can grab him Vango is on the run, or […]


Slider by Pete Hautman

Slider by Pete Hautman

David loves all things eating.  He loves eating anything and everything, in fact he even times himself when scarfing down pizza to see how he matches up to other competitive eaters.  David’s ability to shove insane amount of food in stomach comes in handy when, he accidentally bids $2000 instead on $20 on a famous […]


Solo by Kwame Alexander

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Blade is trying to escape his life.  Born into a family of musicians, his dad Rutherford is in the headlines every other day for his drunken antics.  Rutherford even crashed Blade’s graduation, where he was planning to perform an original song for the first time.  Blade’s beginning to realize the love of his life, Chapel, […]


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel focusing on, Priyanka, a high school student who’s just won a contest for her cartoons.  This contest provides Priyanka the opportunity to travel to India, where all her family’s from. Priyanka has never been, and it takes a lot on convincing to get her mother to agree for […]


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