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Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Bad Houses by Sara Ryan
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver
Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
Desert Gold by Zane Grey
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton
Heartless by Gail Carriger
In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
Know the Parts of a Book by Janet Piehl
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
Mr. Puzzle Super Collection! by Chris Eliopoulos
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
The New Ghostbusters Volume 1 by Erik Burnham
No Ordinary Owl by Lauraine Snelling and Kathleen Damp Wright
Peek-a-Boo Monsters by Charles Reasoner
The Pirate's Eye by Guy Bass
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Rin Tin Tin's Rinty by Julie Campbell
Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman
The Shadow King by Jo Marchant
Tankborn by Karen Sandler
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems
Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum
The Very Big Carrot by Satoe Tone
Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems

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Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White: 11/02/13

cover art

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver is is an autobiography in a graphic novel format. It recounts the author's childhood in Alabama after having emigrated from Argentina. She grew up in the middle of the the Civil Rights movement.

Now while the memoir isn't exactly about Jim Crow laws or protests or racism, those things are there. They are constantly bubbling at the surface of her description of growing up and trying to assimilate — into a America as portrayed by popular media.

The artwork is worth noting. The title, Darkroom, refers to Lila's father and his photography hobby. The pencil drawings replicate the soft shades of black and white photography — which of course is really more shades of gray than sharply delineated areas of black and white. Therein is the crux of the memoir — in an area that makes all its decisions based on notions of Black and White, where do those who are neither fit in?

This book was shortlisted for the 2012 CYBILs.

Five stars

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