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August Releases

July 31, 2019

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1 Aug They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez. Little A. ages 12-18 Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students—until Rocky […]

review: A Grain of Rice

July 29, 2019

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title: A Grain of Rice author: Nhung N. Tran-Davies date: Tradewind Books; 2019 main character: Yen middle grade; historical fiction Nhung N. Tran-Davies and her family were refugees from the Vietnam War, fleeing to Malaysia when Nhung was 5 years olds. She fictionalizes her family’s experience into A Grain of Rice where she writes about […]

The Last Days of Summer

July 24, 2019

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This summer, I’ve worked with teachers oblivious even to the ALA Youth Media Awards and I’ve worked with those on the cutting edge of #disruptingtexts. How shall the two ever meet? How will educators who feel the pressure of just getting through the day ever be able to benefit from leaders in their field when […]

review: Seven Pablos

July 23, 2019

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title: Seven Pablos Author: Jorge Luján Illustrator: Chiara Carrer Translator: Mara Faye Lethem Date: Enchanted Lion Books; 2018 picture book ‘Pablo’ is a name that can mostly be found in Portugal, Spain and the countries they colonized  around the world. In Seven Pablos, Jorge Luján and Chiara Carrer provide a brief glimpse into the lives […]

review: The Poet X

July 18, 2019

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title: The Poet X author: Elizabeth Acevedo date: HarperTeen; 2018 main character: Xiomara Batista YA fiction in verse Like Elizabeth Acevedo, the author of The Poet X, Xiomara Batista is Dominican American. I don’t know what other similarities exist between the two. I do know that The Poet X was Acevedo’s debut novel that has […]

#CollectiveResistance: Decolonizing Childhood Coalition

July 11, 2019

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Wee the People Boston has teamed with two dozen organizations to make a public statement calling for action on behalf of immigrant families who are separated and detained by the U.S. government. We, as a community are asked to take action or to donate to the fundraiser. “As we head into a weekend of mass #LightsforLiberty protests, […]

July Releases

July 1, 2019

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Please, let me know what I’m missing! 2 July Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo. D C Ink. ages 12-16 When a tragic accident takes the life of the only family she’s ever known, 16-year-old Raven is sent to New Orleans to start over. She soon discovers that she can hear the thoughts of […]