I Am Alfonso Jones

By Allie Jane Bruce, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College and co-founder of Reading While White

Lyrical, poetic language and expressive, emotive illustrations make I AM ALFONSO JONES an exquisitely crafted work of art, as well as a gripping and compelling read.  Although this story of senseless violence and police brutality is especially timely, its themes--the strength and power of family and community in the face of oppression, and the presence of the dead in the lives of the living--are timeless.