Monday, November 9, 2020

WOKE: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood.  Illus. by Theodore Taylor III.  New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2020.  48p. ISBN: 978-1250311207 hc. $18.99      Gr. 6-12      JNF 323.23

Wake your soul to the poetry of Browne, Acevedo, and Gatwood in 24 poems about activism, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding people who are different from you, and recognizing yourself in the world.  My favorite piece, "Unfurling People," describes immigration as "tucking your roots carefully into yourself and repotting in a different land."  These are timely topics, written with diversity in mind. Taylor's comic book illustrations with heavy black outlines spread across the length of two pages for maximum impact.  The very last of these inspiring poems is titled, "Woke," which readers will be after digesting the contents of such thoughtful words.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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