Brandy Colbert

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Springfield, Missouri, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Missouri State University (BA|Journalism)
Tina Dubois (ICM Partners)
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Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which was the winner of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a finalist for the American Library Association's Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award. Her other acclaimed books include Pointe, The Only Black Girls in Town, and Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, and her short stories and essays have appeared in several critically acclaimed anthologies for young people. She is on faculty at Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.



Very good exploration of adolescent friendship. 7th grader Alberta's connection with her best friend Laramie is disrupted when Laramie starts hanging out with a popular 8th-grade girl. At the same time, a new girl named Edie moves to their small town and Alberta finds that even though she and Edie don't have a lot in common (Edie is goth, Alberta a surfer) they bond over being the only Black girls in their grade.

Alberta has two dads and her birth mom comes to visit. This is woven into the story nicely. It's part of who Alberta is, but it's not the focus of the story.

Edie's parents are going through a divorce, which is the reason she moves with her mom from Brooklyn to California. This is also well integrated into the story.

Laramie is maturing faster than Edie (she gets her first period early in the book). It's understandable why Laramie would want to be friends with a popular older girl, even though the older girl is a bully.

There is a whole big subplot about a 1950s diary that Edie and Alberta read and investigate. This injects some history and mystery into the book. There are parallels between Constance the diarist and Alberta feeling isolated and different.

I was a little disappointed that Alberta was so perfect. Her only flaw is that she always orders the same ice cream. At the end of the book, when she finally changes up her ice cream order, it felt a little hollow to me. She does change over the course of the book because her friendships change and that's the strength of the story.
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LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Excellent research on the Tulsa race massacre. First half of the book explains what leads up to the attitudes of whites against blacks. Second half describes the massacre from first person accounts. Quote by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, "the way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." Timely! Don't miss the forward and afterward1 Many similarities now is our divisive country. Compares Trump to President Johnson and even mentions Josh Hawley (her home state representative.) Black birds in the sky were bullets and incendiary devices being thrown or shot from planes.… (mer)
MartyB2000 | 7 andra recensioner | Jun 10, 2023 |
3.5 Stars

CW: Dealing with grief, racial inequality Off page death of brother in gang shooting

An important book about the responsibilities of being a citizen in our world. Understanding the issues and exercising our right to vote becomes more and more important as time passes given that some of the global economic and environmental problems are escalating rapidly. This entertaining book tackles quite a few issues alongside the importance of voting. I enjoyed Marva and Duke's relationship and oddly it felt like it developed carefully and with consideration even though the book took place over one day. An important and enjoyable book.… (mer)
Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | 13 andra recensioner | Feb 14, 2023 |
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 was not only a devastating attack on one community, but part of a history of violence against African Americans.

The attack on the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, that began on May 31, 1921, was triggered in part by a mob of Whites seeking to punish an African American teenager for allegedly assaulting a White woman. However, this exploration shows that the violence that destroyed the thriving community known as Black Wall Street was part of a long history of brutality and displacement. In addition to describing the event itself and the subsequent active suppression of information about it, Colbert provides important context for the founding of Tulsa, as Muscogee (Creek) people who were forcibly removed from their land by the U.S. government settled there in 1833. The end of Reconstruction saw paroxysms of violence and the rise in discriminatory laws against African Americans, and many sought sanctuary in Indian Territory. By weaving together many elements, this sophisticated volume makes clear that the destruction of Black property and lives in the Tulsa Race Massacre was not an isolated incident. Beginning with the author’s personal foreword and continuing throughout the detailed narrative, readers are guided to see the complex, interconnected nature of history. The clear, readable prose supports a greater understanding both of how and why incidents like the one in Tulsa happened and their exclusion from curriculum and conversations about U.S. history.

A compelling recounting that invites and encourages readers to grapple with difficult history. (afterword, bibliography, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | 7 andra recensioner | Jan 17, 2023 |



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