Author Archives: Allie Jane Bruce

About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White (readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com). Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.

AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming

When Amelia Earhart was born in 1897, women could not vote, men were legally entitled to their wive’s money and property, and nobody expected women to fly airplanes. Amelia grew up in Kansas, raised by a mother who unashamedly declared that … Continue reading

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CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein

Verity is a coward, and she knows it.  Captured by Nazis, stripped to her underwear, tied to a chair, and tortured, she is prepared to talk–or write.  All she needs is paper, pen, and ink. Her confession tells the story … Continue reading

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UGLIES series by Scott Westerfeld

Tally has always known how life works.  You start out Little.  You become an Ugly.  When you turn 16, you undergo an operation that turns you into a Pretty.  After that, life is good.  Tally can’t wait to be Pretty. … Continue reading

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A woman suffering from an unnamed disease–sadness, nervousness, anxiety, mental fogginess–is told she must rest as much as possible.  To that end, she and her husband have rented a house in the country, and she is confined to an upstairs … Continue reading

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NO LAUGHTER HERE by Rita Williams-Garcia

After spending a summer alone, Akilah can’t wait for her best friend, Victoria, to return from Nigeria (her country of birth).  She’s excited to start fifth grade with her fun-loving friend. But Victoria comes back a different person.  She is … Continue reading

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HEART AND SOUL by Kadir Nelson

American history, as told in schools, is often white-male-centric.  Textbook writers usually do not portray minorities and women as main characters in history; they are relegated to secondary characters and sidebars, only important insofar as how they interact with white … Continue reading

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CHIME by Franny Billingsley

Briony Larkin is used to hating herself.  Responsible for her sister’s mental affliction and depressed by her beloved Stepmother’s death, Briony lives in a perpetual state of self-torture. As a concealed witch, Briony also lives a lie.  Were anyone to … Continue reading

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