“The Bitter Side of Sweet: A Novel,” by Tara Sullivan, is the story of fifteen-year-old Amadou and his little brother Seydou, both who end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. Upon meeting Khadija, who fights every day to get away, the brothers plot and execute their escape. Starred review here.
“Windwitch” (Witchlands series, vol. 2), by Susan Dennard, the sequel to “Truthwitch,” continues with Prince Merik (Windwitch) attempting to locate his sister after he’s left for dead after his ship explodes.
“Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin, a National Book Award Finalist, chronicles the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the book is published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph,” by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, tells the story, in verse and picture, how graphic designer Art Kane set about to photographing a group of influential jazz musicians in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Review here.