Between the Lines by Sandra Neil Wallace

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Originally published in: 2018

What it’s about:  An African-American football player turned painter. Or, I guess, a painter who intermittently played football.

What made me pick it up: I can’t remember now. It must’ve been mentioned somewhere and sounded interesting so I placed a hold.

My favorite parts: The illustrations are lovely, as are the examples of artwork included. I really enjoyed learning about an artist I’d never heard of before and a bit of African American history that is not widely known. It was such an inspiring story and a nice reminder to follow your dreams, even if it doesn’t pay or you get sidetracked for a while on your journey.

Who it’s great for: Art lovers of all ages. Readers looking for less well known African American history stories.

Erica’s rating: four shells


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Flying High by Julian Edelman

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Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: A football loving squirrel learns how much hard work it takes to play the game.

What made me pick it up: I have a coworker who is obsessed with the Patriots and Edelman (the Patriots wide receiver) and when he started publicizing this book she contacted everyone she knew in the Boston area to acquire a copy. Then, thankfully, she shared it with me.

My favorite things: This a fun book with cute illustrations all involving animals. It throws a lot of shade at other NFL teams, and has plenty of in-jokes for Patriots fans. But it also has a great work hard to achieve your goals theme.

Who it’s great for: Kids who love football. Patriots fans. Anyone who has ever been told they can’t, especially if they later proved the haters wrong.

Erica’s rating: four-shells