Growing up in Connecticut, Veera Hiranandani didn’t know what to make of her father’s glancing mentions of “partition.”
“I would hear a little bit of, ‘Oh, that’s what happened when Igrew up—I had to leave my home,’ ” says Hiranandani, “and I was like, ‘What do you mean, you had to leave your home?’ ”
The 1947 Partition of India marked the end of British rule and the creation of two nations: India (majority Hindu) and Pakistan ...
Let’s do this.
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE! It’s only March, but I can promise you that this book is going to be on a whole lot of Best Of lists at the end of the year. It is brilliant, beautiful, and I can’t wait for you all to read it and fall in love, too. See my February 19 column for more detailed gushing.
Starred review at Kirkus and pretty much ...
I was delighted to see many of my favorite books recognized in the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference! Here are three worthy 2017 titles I adored that did not receive honors.
If you enjoyed Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as much as I did, don’t miss out on You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. It follows three generations of a Bengali family in ...
BOOK REPORT for The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) edited by Jessica Spotswood
Cover Story: Characters Wanted
The Best: “Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave” by Stacey Lee, “Glamour” by Anne-Marie McLemore
The Worst Not My Favorites: “The Birth of Susi Go-Go” by Meg Medina, “Take Me With U” by Sara Farizan
Bonus Factors: Diversity, Authors’ Notes
Break Glass In Case Of: Inspiration Is Needed
One of the most exciting—and terrifying—aspects of the teen years is the exploration of identity, as teens test the contours of who they are and who they might become. The following new realistic fiction releases share a common theme of following teens on the cusp of transformative change.
In Hooper by Geoff Herbach (Feb. 20), a young man settles down in America with the single mom who adopted him from a Polish orphanage. He’s learned to play basketball, and it ...
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In the fantastical kingdom of Gorred, sometimes women are dragons. Sometimes they’re dragooned.
“I use fantasy to write what I would call ‘emotional autobiography,’ ” says Rachel Hartman, author of the New York Times bestselling Seraphina series, “where the events are not true—nothing in the books literally happened, my mother is not actually a dragon—but the emotion is true. And that’s what readers latch onto.”
Readers went wild for the twin tales of Seraphina, the intelligent, intrepid half-dragon ...
As we wait our turn at the register, a white woman steps in front of us. At first I think maybe she is passing through to get to the other side of this crowded store, but she sets her items down on the cash register counter. I look up at Kay, who is looking furious but not saying anything.
I want her to say something. I want to say something. I want to say, Excuse me, ma’am, but we’re ...
BOOK REPORT for Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller
Psst! This is the second book in the Daughter of the Pirate King duology. Be careful; there are spoilers and man-eating eels below.
Cover Story: In Media Res
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Award For Much Improvement
Bonus Factor: Pirate Friends, Siren Abilities
Relationship Status: Ahoy, Matey!
Cover Story: In Media Res
I was underwhelmed with the first book’s ...