While I’ve traditionally covered young adult fiction in this space, this year, I’ve been finding myself reading—and covering—more and more middle-grade titles. See, for instance, my columns on Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick, The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner, and It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas—all three of which I loved!
And I’ve not only been reading them and covering them, I’ve also actively been seeking them out. Here are some of the October titles ...
BOOK REPORT for When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Play SetBFF Charm:
Third WheelSwoonworthy Scale:
LGTBQ Characters, Multicultural MagicAnti-Bonus Factor:
Happily Ever After
Cover Story: Play Set
This cover is cute, and features important elements of the story, but it looks so much like a set one might see in a high school or community theatre play. Not that those ...
This was my evolution
into rap elocution nonviolently battling persecution
putting misogynists in verbal correctional institutions
call my solution a female revolution
retribution in the form of rhyme electrocution
my underground contribution…
One day, out of the blue, twelve-year-old Rani Patel’s father came home and said to Rani and her mother, “I’m moving to Moloka’i. Come if you want.” He left the next day. Rani and her mother, by themselves ...
BOOK REPORT for Into White by Randi Pink
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Real Talk
Bonus Factors: Dean Winchester Award for Cool Older Brotherhood, Keeping Up Appearances, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Relationship Status: An Affair to Remember
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
This is a cute illustration that probably sums up the plot in the best way possible—provided that you don't misconstrue the two versions of Toya as ...
I started six different books over the weekend, and ended up giving up on all six of them. All six! Which was so disheartening, as fall is often prime reading time for me—chilly weather, hot tea, and fluffy blankets make for a perfect reading experience, don’t you think? So let’s take a look at six October titles I’ve got my eye on—maybe one of these six will break my current DNF streak:
When the Moon was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore ...
Guadalupe Garcia McCall photographed by Roger Campos.
Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s new novel for young adults, Shame the Stars, deals with a bloody and forgotten time in American history. In 1915, along the Texas-Mexico border, the Texas Rangers violently suppressed real and perceived revolutionary activity by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. There were hundreds of lynchings, countless rapes, and an atmosphere of violence that scarred the victims so badly that their descendants still aren’t talking about it 100 years later. Garcia McCall is also a high school English teacher in ...
I deal with occasional bouts of insomnia, and I’m currently in the middle of one. So here I am, in the middle of the night, looking for books about sleeping and sleeplessness.
Here are five that I’m planning on picking up:
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
This is my go-to book about insomnia. It’s also, hands down, my favorite Sarah Dessen book, which is a high bar to hit. It’s about family and friendship—particularly about female friendship—and it’s ...