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Thundering Again

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The publishing numbers for younger readers are grim, but things have been A LOT worse.  During my classroom years, you could line up the multicultural fiction on one shelf and still have room for several sets of encyclopedias.  This was just before the emergence of Walter Dean Myers’ star, and if you wanted to do right in terms of reflecting the culture of the students, the pickins’ were pretty slim.  In fact, the choices were two:  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Sounder

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