Captivating and uplifting.

I AM THE NIGHT SKY

...& OTHER REFLECTIONS BY MUSLIM AMERICAN YOUTH

An anthology of short stories, poems, and collages by 10 American Muslim teens.

A project of the nonprofit Next Wave Muslim Initiative, this collection presents the work of young people who reflect on their experiences as members of a marginalized and misunderstood faith coming-of-age in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Iman Ilias’ “How To Be a 14-Year-Old Paki Muslim American Girl” and Leyla Rasheed’s “Moments I Remember I’m Muslim” unpack the social pressures on Muslim teens to simultaneously fit in and retain their sense of self. “Kabob Squad Takes Down Propaganda Man: (A Concept for the TV Show I Needed as a Kid),” by Samaa Eldadah and Fatima Rafie, and “Hyphen,” a poem by Noor Saleem, both address representation and identity. Other themes explored include relationships to prayer, perceptions of the hijab, and what it’s like to be an observant Muslim guitarist navigating the American teen party scene. Readers seeking a sociological account of the persecution of American Muslims will have to look elsewhere. This volume focuses instead on the creative minds of Muslim American youths themselves, opening a window into the complexity of their lived realities as teens in today’s America. The varied text layouts, font styles, and exceptional art enhance the reading experience. The book features a foreword by Pakistani American children’s author Hena Khan. The contributors are diverse in ethnicity, race, and sect.

Captivating and uplifting. (Anthology. 12-adult)

Pub Date: May 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-945434-93-8

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Shout Mouse Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2019

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Enlightening and inspiring #ownvoices accounts by young activists.

VOCES SIN FRONTERAS

OUR STORIES, OUR TRUTH

Personal accounts of 16 young Latin American immigrants told as side-by-side pen-and-ink bilingual comics.

The comic strips and accompanying short bios in Spanish and English came about through an initiative by the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C. The compelling stories shared by these students, all members of the Latino Youth Leadership Council and active in the fight for social justice, signal their desire to serve as beacons or lifelines for other young immigrants. Their testimonies, as Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina (Merci Suárez Changes Gears, 2018, etc.) points out in her foreword, are ultimately about courage. The courage needed to leave behind the familiarity of their home environments—El Salvador, Cuba, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala—is evident throughout, as the stories showcase the many reasons migrants have for coming to the U.S., including seeking better opportunities, fleeing violence, and reuniting with family after years of painful separation. The young authors don’t shy away from tough subjects: There are descriptions of grief, cultural dislocation, cutting, and a suicide attempt. The format doesn’t allow for thorough explorations of the root causes for migration, but the emphasis is on the hopeful and positive paths these young adults have forged. The editorial decision to retain “authentic student voices" in the essays means that some of the writing was not revised, and reflects the code switching and language loss that come with the disruption of lives and education.

Enlightening and inspiring #ownvoices accounts by young activists. (Graphic memoir. 14-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 25, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-945434-92-1

Page Count: 316

Publisher: Shout Mouse Press

Review Posted Online: April 22, 2019

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With its richly accessible prose and visually captivating subjects, this will inspire and challenge readers to follow in...

BAD BOYS OF FASHION

STYLE REBELS AND RENEGADES THROUGH THE AGES

An engaging look at men who helped make and break fashion history.

Following her critically acclaimed study of key women in the history of fashion, Bad Girls of Fashion (2016), Croll joins forces with illustrator Pacholska to introduce “bad boys” through the ages who have had iconoclastic effects on fashion. Instead of featuring only major designers, Croll again spotlights 30 diverse rebels who used fashion to make their renegade marks in the worlds of entertainment (Marlon Brando, David Bowie), sport (Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Andre Agassi), politics (Jawaharlal Nehru, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X), and art and design (Jean-Michel Basquiat, Waris Ahluwalia, Karl Lagerfeld). Aided by arrestingly bold illustrations and copious photographs, Croll provides a tantalizingly detailed chronicle of these dashing figures, including both florid descriptions of their sartorial choices as well as the historical context behind them so readers better appreciate how these men broke boundaries. Back in 17th-century France, for example, Louis XIV simultaneously turned courtly fashions on their ear and tightened his grip on the throne by sporting long, curly wigs and restricting red high heels to members of his court (a sidebar explains that high heels were only later adopted by women in order to appear more masculine). Readers will understand fashion’s pivotal role in shattering and challenging gender, racial, and other constraints.

With its richly accessible prose and visually captivating subjects, this will inspire and challenge readers to follow in these trendsetters’ footsteps. (references, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: April 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-77321-243-2

Page Count: 184

Publisher: Annick Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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