The Hula-Hoopin' Queen
By Booklist Online
This enjoyable intergenerational story has a sassy surprise at the end that is neither saccharine nor contrived and entirely in the good-natured spirit of the girls’ rivalry. The text snaps with a cadence that seems effortless and lends itself well to reading aloud. Brantley-Newton’s colorful palette reflects the lively inner-city neighborhood in which Kameeka lives, where kids play on the sidewalk and neighbors look out for one another. With its emphasis on camaraderie and celebrating, this is a perfect title for sharing.