Foreword Reviews

Randi Hacker, Book Reviewer

Book Review

The Crystal Beads

by Randi Hacker

A Holocaust tale for young readers, "The Crystal Beads" is about the universal natures of survival, heroism, sacrifice, and compassion during wartime. Set during World War II, Pat Black-Gould’s picture book "The Crystal Beads" follows... Read More

Book Review

Cora's Kitchen

by Randi Hacker

A Black woman rebels against racism and class, finding her voice, in Kimberly Garrett Brown’s novel Cora’s Kitchen. In 1928, Cora James is an aspiring writer who works as a librarian in New York. She is aware of the privileged... Read More

Book Review

Fit for Duty

by Randi Hacker

The unflinching thriller "Fit for Duty" reveals the brutalities and barbarities of war via a career military psychiatrist who faces new scrutiny. In K. A. Kron’s thriller "Fit for Duty", an army psychiatrist’s decision to send a... Read More

Book Review

Bad Actors

by Randi Hacker

Mick Herron’s satirical thriller "Bad Actors" follows a singular band of British intelligence agents as they investigate the disappearance of a Russian spy. As a Russian operative seeks to take down the corrupt assistant to the British... Read More

Book Review

Gold Mountain

by Randi Hacker

In Betty G. Yee’s historical novel "Gold Mountain", a young Chinese girl poses as her brother, going to work on a US railroad in his place. Ling Fan’s father is in prison for a crime he did not commit, and her aunt is plotting Ling... Read More

Book Review

Space Story

by Randi Hacker

"Space Story" is a witty science fiction novel in which teenagers go up against an army of mutant robots who wish to obliterate humanity. Earth is destroyed in W. W. Marplot’s sprawling science fiction novel "Space Story", and two... Read More

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