Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 Challenge Complete: POC

The People of Color Reading Challenge was the first reading challenge I participated in and I am so glad I did. I've come across interesting and creative authors and illustrators that I might have never read had it not been for the challenge. I signed up for level 4, 10-15 books, and read 17 total that counted towards the challenge. So, here are the books I read with my brief thoughts. Links are to my reviews.

Children's and Young Adult Titles:
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang 
    • I loved the three stories melded into one! The Monkey King story especially ruled! The illustrations were excellent.
  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie 
    • Awesome Western story. Awesome illustrations. A favorite for sure.
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
    • I've read little fiction set in the Middle East and I just loved this heartbreaking story. 
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose
    • The photos from the 1950s surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Claudette's involvement in it really made this book stand out for me.
  • Exposure by Mal Peet
    • Poverty, wealth, obscurity, celebrity. An assigned read that turned out to be great. 
  • Latasha and the Little Red Tornado by Michael Scotto 
    • Written by a newer author this was a touching little story about a girl and her dog.
  • Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
    • A boy works through his troubles by writing poetry. Received much praise but not from me.
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia William
    • The sisters' rivalry made this otherwise slow story interesting for me. 
  • Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey 
    • A look through a child's eyes at what it was like for African American families to travel by car during the Jim Crow era. A thumbs up.
  • Shadow by Suzy Lee
    • A wordless book. It's strength was its simplicity.
  • Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
    • It left me feeling a little unfulfilled but incredibly immersed in culture -- and very hungry.
  • Wave by Suzy Lee
    • Another wordless book. Very imaginative.
  • WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
    • The illustrations were great. The narrative got a smidge slow. 
  • Zan-Gah by Allen Richard Shickman
    • Was hoping for a bit more action though there is plenty of it. 
Adult Titles:

1 comment:

  1. This is a neat selection you've got there. Congratulations for finishing the challenge and even going beyond.
    I will have to add some of these titles to my list for this year :)