Kids' book picks: 'I, Too, Am America'


Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

Children

“I, Too, Am America” by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Bryan Collier. This book presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African-American Pullman porters in the early 20th century.

Teens

“Code of Silence” by Tim Shoemaker. When Cooper, Hiro and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals — who might also be cops — Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?

— Spartanburg County Public Libraries

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