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TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
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1939 HARLEM Flying eight year old Historical fantasy Dreamy poetry   Nitty Gritty: Childrens / story book / historical fiction (ages 4-8) First person-young girl’s point of view Quilted illustrations and text Flight of fantasy Vivid imagination Themes — freedom, family love, longing, torn between two worlds Symbolism — flying (child flies over the rooftops of her home), looking down on unsuspecting family (adults...

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SNOOK ALONE by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
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COME BACK, ABBA Snook is lonely.  Left behind. Makes friends, learns lessons, waits.  happy ending.   Nitty Gritty: Picture Book (Verse novel for children?) Third person / omniscient POV (storyteller feel with insights into dog emotions) Fiction/poetry Hybrid of poem collection, picture book, verse novel for the very young, storybook Main character – dog (Snook), monk (dog’s owner – Abba Jacob) Dog emotions Themes...

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MY BOOK OF LIFE by Martine Leavitt
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LOST PARADISE Secrets, lies. Love, God. Running, hiding, found. Control, choices. Search, survive.   Nitty Gritty: Young adult Verse novel First person POV Sixteen year old protagonist (Angel) Themes: drugs, sex, term confusion, loneliness, choices) Painful subject, difficult choices, brutal realities of gritty life...

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LIES, KNIVES AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso
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FAIRY TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE Opinions, background voices, motivations, side stories, new truths told.   Nitty Gritty: Middle grade / young adult Fairy tale collection – subversive fiction Multiple POVs – shifting from story to story and sometimes within single stories Prose and poetry combination Dark side and gritty underbelly of we’ll k own fairy tales Strong imagery Black graphic shadow / cut...

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