An empowering guide to hustling before you’re out of high school.




A guide for teens for success in school and beyond.

Pham (You Are a Mogul, 2018, etc.), the founder of Mogul, an online platform built to connect women across the world, provides advice for teen girls to thrive in both work and their personal lives. Readers will find tips and advice on how to receive mentorship, make tough decisions, and forge healthy friendships. Throughout, Pham relates anecdotes from her own life to illustrate how her advice can be put into practice before ever setting foot in the working world. Each chapter also features a “mogul mentor,” who offers further advice or examples of how she has overcome obstacles in her own life. Sidebars urging simple and immediate action and colorful, attractive pages make this an easy, enjoyable read while still presenting information about many different situations. Themes of feminism and diversity are constant: Young women are encouraged to find their voices and speak up; women of varying abilities, ethnicities, and nationalities are featured; and a diverse audience is assumed. Pham’s parents are Vietnamese and Chinese, and she is an immigrant from France. Readers may be intimidated by Pham’s apparently constant drive, but portions of chapters do advocate for balance. While some advice veers far into the realm of business, overall readers are empowered to strive and succeed no matter their passion.

An empowering guide to hustling before you’re out of high school. (Nonfiction. 12-21)

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-29896-6

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Imprint

Review Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today.


A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei’s (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

Takei had not yet started school when he, his parents, and his younger siblings were forced to leave their home and report to the Santa Anita Racetrack for “processing and removal” due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The creators smoothly and cleverly embed the historical context within which Takei’s family’s story takes place, allowing readers to simultaneously experience the daily humiliations that they suffered in the camps while providing readers with a broader understanding of the federal legislation, lawsuits, and actions which led to and maintained this injustice. The heroes who fought against this and provided support to and within the Japanese American community, such as Fred Korematsu, the 442nd Regiment, Herbert Nicholson, and the ACLU’s Wayne Collins, are also highlighted, but the focus always remains on the many sacrifices that Takei’s parents made to ensure the safety and survival of their family while shielding their children from knowing the depths of the hatred they faced and danger they were in. The creators also highlight the dangerous parallels between the hate speech, stereotyping, and legislation used against Japanese Americans and the trajectory of current events. Delicate grayscale illustrations effectively convey the intense emotions and the stark living conditions.

A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today. (Graphic memoir. 14-adult)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-60309-450-4

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Top Shelf Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2019

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This deeply personal and boldly political offering inspires and ignites.


From the Pocket Change Collective series

Curator, author, and activist Drew shares her journey as an artist and the lessons she has learned along the way.

Drew uses her own story to show how deeply intertwined activism and the arts can be. Her choices in college were largely overshadowed by financial need, but a paid summer internship at the Studio Museum in Harlem became a formative experience that led her to major in art history. The black artists who got her interested in the field were conspicuously absent in the college curriculum, however, as was faculty support, so she turned her frustration into action by starting her own blog to boost the work of black artists. After college, Drew’s work in several arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, only deepened her commitment to making the art world more accessible to people of color and other marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities, and widening the scope of who is welcomed there. Drew narrates deeply personal experiences of frustration, triumph, progress, learning, and sometimes-uncomfortable growth in a conversational tone that draws readers in, showing how her specific lens enabled her to accomplish the work she has done but ultimately inviting readers to add their own contributions, however small, to both art and protest.

This deeply personal and boldly political offering inspires and ignites. (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09518-8

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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