June Releases

June 3, 2019


4 June Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash. Simon and Schuster. 14-18 College freshman Mariam uses a new virtual reality dating service and is matched not only with her new best friend, Jeremy, but also with her high school ex-boyfriend, Caleb. 4 June Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian. Balzer + Bray. ages 12-18 It’s 1989 in […]

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Syllabus : The Dark Fantastic

May 24, 2019

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If you missed ordering your copy of The Dark Fantastic : Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (NYU Press), you missed big! The book has outsold its first run and new books will need to be printed to fill the growing demand. It is truly […]

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When You Get Lit : And Burn

May 21, 2019


I’ve been struggling with a topic for this essay for weeks now with my mind flooding with memories from my 12 years as a classroom teacher. I could just write a book and fill it with faces and their stories. I want to document my first principal, the one who hired white teachers in the […]

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book review: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

May 15, 2019

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Title: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Author: Ben Philippe date: Balzer + Bray/Alloy; January 2019 main character: Norris Kaplan young adult romantic fiction Many think all resistance is good. Politically, it is certainly necessary to pushback again agendas that are oppressive, inequitable or unjust. I find that on a personal level, my […]

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May 12, 2019

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Congratulations to Naomi Shihab Nye who was recently name the U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate.! Debbie Reese recently called attention to the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Choices reading list. She blogged about the problem and also tweeted about it. The blog post describes the list by stating “Our newly released 2019 ILA Choices reading lists […]

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a brief look at HOME IS A WINDOW

May 4, 2019


Stephanie Parsley Ledyard is from Texas. Her first book, Pie is for Sharing was a Kirkus Best Picture book of 2018. It was illustrated by Jason Chin. Home is a Window, illustrated by Chris Sasaki, is her second picture book. Sasaki’s website describes him as “an animation art director and illustrator living in Oakland, California.” […]

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May 2019: New Releases

May 3, 2019

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4 May The Chosen (Contender) by Taran Matharu. Feiwel and Friends. ages 12-18 SFF Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why. Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new […]

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Asian Pacific Islander History Month

May 2, 2019


Any time is a good time to find a new favorite author! May is a good time to discover a new Asian Pacific Islander History author! And, it’s a good time for me to update my list! I haven’t updated this list in a while, so please check closely. Obvious names could easily be missing. […]

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book review: Front Desk

April 22, 2019


title: Front Desk author: Kelly Yang date: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); 2018 main character: Mia Tang middle grade realistic fiction Front Desk is based in Kelly Yang’s real life experiences, making it an #ownvoices novel. In the Author’s Notes, she explains how situations in the story evolved from her growing up and helping her […]

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