Picks of the Week as published in The Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“The Unquiet Grave” by Sharyn McCrumb
Mary Jane Heaster is convinced that her son-in-law has killed her daughter; but, she has no proof. In a final attempt to secure justice for her daughter, Mary Jane appeals to the County Prosecutor with the story of a message from her daughter from beyond the grave. Pick up this novel to read an interesting tale based on research in to West Virginia’s well-known legend of “The Greenbriar Ghost”.
“My Life, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King
In many of the books about Martin Luther King, his wife Coretta plays a supportive role as his life partner. However, Coretta Scott King was an extraordinary activist in her own right. In this biography, she shares those parts of her that make her “Coretta”, not just “Mrs. King”.
“One Last Word” by Nikki Grimes
In “One Last Word”, Nikki Grimes has collected the works of several legendary Harlem Renaissance poets in this book and interspersed them with her own creative and meaningful verses. Check out this volume of incredible literature which will challenge and encourage you. Don’t miss the incredible artwork and the poet biographies.
“My Daddy Rules the World” by Hope Anita Smith
Hope Smith captures the view of a dad’s heart through the eyes of a child in this lovely, illustrated book of poems about fathers and the children they love.
FEBRUARY 8, 2018 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“The Watery Part of the World” by Michael Parker
In 1813, Aaron Burr’s daughter was aboard a ship sailing to New York to meet her father. The ship disappeared off the coast of North Carolina and so did Theodosia Burr. Read Michael Parker’s fictional account of one way Theodosia’s story may have played out.
“Divine Will, Restless Heart: The Life and Works of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood” by Mary E. C. Drew
Though his name may not be widely known, Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood’s influence on the civil rights movement was profound and far-reaching. Founder of one of this nation’s first schools for emancipated slaves, Dr. Smallwood was a key figure in promoting temperance, nonviolence, and equality for all. Read this revealing biography to learn all about him and his close ties to the Roanoke Valley area.
“Solo” by Kwame Alexander
Blade Morrison is not thrilled with his has-been, rock star, addict of a father. Blade hates his father almost as much as he loves his girlfriend. However, secrets are brewing in his family as well as in his relationship. When they come to light, Blade’s whole life is turned upside down.
“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia
Clayton Byrd loves playing the harmonica with his grandfather and his grandfather’s band, the Bluesmen. Then, Clayton’s grandfather dies. Clayton is sad; but, he has his harmonica that reminds him of all the good times he and his grandfather had. When his mom takes away his harmonica, Clayton decides he would rather run away and play music with the Bluesmen than live without his harmonica.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“She’s Not There” by Joy Fielding
Caroline and Hunter Shipley are celebrating their anniversary in Mexico with their two young daughters. One night they leave the girls asleep in their locked room while they go out to dinner with friends. On their return, they discover one of the girls missing. What started out as a night to remember ends up being one they wish they could forget.
“The Highest Peak” by Kathy Lee Pair
Gaston native Kathy Lee Pair has offered a glimpse into life in the early 1900’s through the eyes of her mother, Annie Virginia Delbridge Lee. Annie tells the stories that make up the rich fabric of her life. They show a strength of faith and character through times of hardship and suffering.
“When I Am Through With You” by Stephanie Kuehn
A teacher takes the Orienteering Club on a simple camping trip; but, the trip turns out to be anything but simple. Everyone will come home changed; but, not all will come back alive. Who will die? Who will be responsible?
“Just As Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game” by Chris Crowe
Some people thought Jackie Robinson’s baseball skills were a fluke. They thought Larry Doby would not do a good job for the Cleveland Indians, either. They were wrong. Despite cruel and ignorant opposition, Larry Doby helped the Cleveland Indians win their first World Series in over 25 years.
FEBRUARY 22, 2018 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“The Wolf and the Buffalo” by Elmer Kelton
Gray Horse is a young Comanche warrior intent on ridding the land of soldiers. Gideon is a buffalo soldier intent on ridding the land of Indians. When the two meet, only one will survive.
“What? Say It Again!” by Andrew Custis
Weldon musician Andrew Custis shares stories and lessons from his life in this biography. Pick up this interesting book and learn why “The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom” and why “Maturity and Age Aren’t Twins”, among many other things.
“Miles Morales: Spider-Man” by Jason Reynolds
Miles Morales is your typical teen – except for his “spidey sense”; and lately, his spidey sense has been going off every day in Mr. Chamberlain’s history class. Miles tries to ignore it and concentrate on his academics. However, when his scholarship to Brooklyn Visions Academy is threatened, Miles is done sitting idly by. Spider-Man is about to swing into action.
“Gabriela” by Teresa E. Harris
Gabriela McBride loves to dance. She’s recently discovered she loves poetry, too. Poetry helps her thoughts flow and eases her stuttering. However, she feels nothing but uneasy when the city plans to close the community arts center where she dances and recites her poetry. Does Gabriela have the courage to step up and speak out?