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Ain't Burned All the Bright

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Emotional, artistic reflection on COVID, racial strife.

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Beautiful, haunting, and hopeful, this book is another excellent offering from a very gifted and prolific author. For Ain't Burned All the Bright, Jason Reynolds, who's Black, a New York Times-bestselling writer and recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, collaborates with his friend Jason Griffin, who's White. They team up to depict the inner life of a young Black boy in a warm, loving family within a harsh society and world. The book is laid out like a journal on ruled paper, with text and expressionistic drawings that are sometimes gray to reflect sadness, and other times generous with bright, happy colors.

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