Amari and the Night Brothers

Written by B.B. Alston

This was such a fantastic book. The back of the book said it was a mixture of Men in Black and Harry Potter, and it did not disappoint. I think the best part of this book was that, while it was fictional and had elements of fantasy, it had some realistic parts in it as well. It discussed racism and being different, how sometimes being different makes others “hate” or dislike you for no reason other than your being different. I loved how he brought the racism and being different together to make it one issue. At her school she was the only Black student there and the other girls were mean to her and said things online about her all the time, so when she found a new school she was excited to start over and to find friends, only to again be different. Girls were still mean to her. I think the best kinds of books are ones who talk about real issues and still give you a fun and enjoyable story. Did I like this book more than I liked Harry Potter? Absolutely. Would I read it again to myself? Absolutely. Will I read it to my students? ABSOLUTELY!!! I love that the main character is a person of color; this year it was my goal to read to my students more books with people of color and I am excited to add this to my collection!

Reviewed by Tasha Langford, Teacher, Truman Elementary
Review shared in January 2021
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6

Amari and the Night Brothers
Written by B.B. Alston
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
408 pages
Release Date: January 19, 2020
ISBN: 9780062975164
An advance reader’s copy was provided by the publisher/Follett.

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