title: Brown Girl Dreaming author: Jacqueline Woodson Date: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin; August 2014 Main Character: Jacqueline Woodson MIddle Grade Fiction There are rules to children’s books you know, and Jacqueline Woodson just broke one. Brown Girl Dreaming is the author’s poetic telling of her childhood and retrospective visits to childhood are supposed to be adult… Read More Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming
title: Money Boy author: Paul Yee date: Groundwood Books; 2011 main character: Wei/Ray/Steel While coming out stories are quite common place in queer teen literature, few if any are about a Chinese immigrant to Canada. Wei’s father does a random check into to the history files of the family’s computer and discovers that his son… Read More review: Money Boy
Title: Words With Wings Author: Nikki Grimes Date: Wordsong; 2013 Main Character: Gabriella/Gabby I am always amazed at how books I read one after the other share similar themes, plots or characters. On the first leg of my trip to Amarillo, TX last week, I decided it was time to dive into Poetics of Space… Read More Review: Words with Wings
title: Black Mamba Boy (long listed for the Orange Prize for fiction 2010) author: Nadifa Mohamed publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux; August, 2010 Main character: Jama To me, the Middle East is a true crossroad of the world and this really comes to light in Black Mamba Boy. In the book, it seems Jama’s quest… Read More book review: Black Mamba Boy
book review: Does my head look big in this? author: Randa Abdel-Fattah publisher: Scholastic, 2008 Main character: Amal Mohamed Nasrullah Abdel-Hakim Amal is a high school student in Australia. Things are going fairly well for her as she is doing good in school, has close friends, has a crush on a boy who is friendly… Read More book review: Does my head look big in this?