#SummerSoLit final round-up

My blogging friend Akilah at the Englishist invited me to participate in this summer reading bingo.  I thought I’d give it a try, even though I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on this summer and have been much more reading things as they come than usual this year. I had a hard time coming up with titles, or motivation to look for titles – that’s me, not the bingo itself.  My super sweet colleague H searched out several for me, including the fireworks on the cover one. I read lots of books and a couple that I wouldn’t have read otherwise, and had fun, even if I only kind of completed the challenge.

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1 Heat in the Title – Thor: Son of Asgard: the Heat of Hakurei by Akira Yoshida (pseudonym), Greg Tocchini, and Jay Leisten – this is a youth graphic novel, one of only three youth or teen books I found at my library with heat in the title.  I picked it because it looked to have an author of color.  Then I found out the whole scandal of Akira Yoshida being a Marvel editor who used a Japanese pseudonym to write under and got mad about this now years-old scandal – but still didn’t have a better choice in my preferred areas.  Sigh.

2 Graphic Novel with a POC in it – Monstress: the Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takada – Monstress book 2.  Beautiful, dense, detailed, and very violent.

3 Last in a Series – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff –I don’t know if I loved this as much as the first two, but it was still good fast-moving sci-fi fun.

4 Island setting – City of Islands by Kali Wallace – middle grade fantasy with a Caribbean-feel setting.

5 Collection of Short Stories by a POC – I meant to read A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh, but though it was on order in June or early July, my library hold still hasn’t come in.  So close!

6 Read 11+ books this summer – yes! My spreadsheet tells me I’ve finished 38 books since June 22.

7 Non-fiction about a POC – not finished, and not all POC, but I’m reading Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls with my daughter, which includes lots of short bios of WOC.

9 Fireworks on the Cover – Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz – contemporary YA about a Filipina-American high school senior who finds out she’s undocumented.  She was too perfect, but the book still made me cry.

11 Made into a Movie – I don’t think I read a book – though I did watch the new To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix – so sweet!

13 Free Space

14 LGBTQ Main Character – Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente – this is glittery, slow-reading fun – Eurovision meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

15 Road Trip – Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartmann – more in Seraphina’s world.  Also, the first book I’ve read with a love interest in a wheelchair.

17 Latina Main Character – nope. I almost checked out A Festival of Ghosts by William Alexander, too, but I put it on display instead and a kid took it before I went back for it.

18 Camping – close again!  I finished Be Prepared on June 12, 10 days too soon for this challenge.

19 50-year-old Sci-Fi – Does modern sci-fi set in the 50s count? It’s close, right?  The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is excellent regardless.

21 Beach on the Cover – The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip

22 New York Times Bestseller –  Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland

23 One Word Title– Warcross by Marie Lu

24 Muslim Female Author – Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

25 Historical Fiction with Asian Main Character –Bluecrowne by Kate Milford – this sequel to the Left-Handed Fate is a little marginal, as most of the story is from Lucy Bluecrowne’s point of view.  But it’s about Lucy and her half-brother Liao, and I think some of the chapters were from his point of view.  His mother Xiaoming is not POV but a really fabulous character anyway! And hey, it has fireworks on the cover, too!

Thanks to Mocha Girls Read, the Englishist, and Book + Bass for hosting this book bingo!

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Cybils Judges Announced!

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Cybils awards.  Not only is it super fun to be a judge and do a deep dive into recent books in the category, but I use the finalist lists all the time in my work as a librarian.  Got a kid who only wants to read graphic novels, or fantasy, or needs a poetry or nonfiction book for school?  Pull up the guide with the covers of the most recent finalists, and scroll back through the years in the same category to help them pull together a list of titles that appeal to them.
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So I am very excited to be a Round 1 Cybils Judge!  This year again in the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Category.
Joining me this year are Kristen  Harvey at The Book Monsters, Jenni Frencham at From the Biblio Files, Brenda Tjaden at Log Cabin Library,  Beth Mitcham  at Library Chicken, Sherry Early at Semicolon, and Cheryl Vanatti  at Reading Rumpus.
Take a look at the Cybils blog to see the Round 2 judges and the fantastic panel of judges in all the other categories!  And then start thinking back about your favorite kids and teens books of the past year.  If there’s something you think might be worth nominating that you haven’t read yet, now’s the time to get to it.  Nominations open October 1, and the more books we have nominated, the better we can do at putting together a great list of finalists!
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The Underwater Ballroom Society

Oh, look!  Even though I bought this book on its release date, I ambled my way through it, so that I’m just now getting to writing the review as the beautiful stand-alone cover of Stephanie Burgis’s novella, included in this anthology, has been released.

The Underwater Ballroom Society edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie BurgisThe Underwater Ballroom Society edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie Burgis. Five Fathoms Press, 2018.

This is a collection of speculative fiction stories by a diverse array of authors with just one requirement: include an underwater ballroom somewhere in the story.  Whether that ballroom is considered magical or prosaic, fantasy or science fiction – all up to the author.  I probably would have gotten this anyway just to read the prequel novella to Burgis’s the Harwood Spellbook series, Spellswept, set before Snowspelled and told from Amy’s point of view.   There’s also a story from Patrick Samphire in his Victorian Mars series, featuring teen detective Harriet.  But I was excited to see a story from Y.S. Lee – a story set after the Twelve Dancing Princesses and thus going nicely with another small reading obsession of mine – this one about sisters helping each other out of an abusive situation.

Ysabeu S. Wilce tells a story of an aging rock diva tracking down her former lover, stolen by the king of fairies.  Iona Datt Sharma’s features a female smuggler and the interesting opportunity that comes her way.  In The River Always Wins by Laura Anne Gilman, the underwater ballroom is a leaky cement basement punk rock club, now past its prime.  Attending for the first time in years – despite the itchy gills it causes – brings terrible repressed memories back to our heroine, but friendship holds true even in the grim setting.  This contrasts strongly with the glamourous setting of Shveta Thakrar’s high society underwater ballroom, where an Indian-British undercover agent works to keep all of fairy from being sold to the highest bidder.

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis

There are more stories, of course, but I’ll stop there in the interests of getting this published.  I savored these stories on my work breaks over several weeks, enjoying all of them, and was sorry to come to the end.  My only regret is that since I already have Spellswept in this collection, I don’t need to buy it in its soon-to-be published stand-alone edition with this gorgeous cover – but as the cover I have is also lovely, it’s a pretty small regret.

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Cybils Call for Judges

Can you feel that fall is just around the corner?  Fall is now Cybils time for me – time to get a list of books that other fans of books for young readers have nominated and curl up with a big stack of them. Then, I get to discuss them with a group of other passionate readers and pick a list of the best of them to be announced January 1.

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The call for Cybils judges is open now through September 9!  Take a look at the judging criteria – pick your favorite categories – and put your name in!  If the idea of trying to read a hundred or so books in a few months seems a bit much, you could always sign up to be a Round 2 judge, and pick one winner from the finalists selected in Round 1.

If you aren’t a book blogger or booktuber, you can still participate – brush up on the nominating rules and categories now and pick your favorite recent titles for when nominations open up at the beginning of October.

Happy reading!

 

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Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship

Who says a book starring a person of color has to be dark and realistic?  Or that it takes darkness and realism to make a serious statement?  I finally tracked down these books that I’d been wanting to read since I first read about them on the Book Smugglers.

Heroine Complex by Sarah KuhnHeroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn. Daw, 2016.
Evie Tanaka is the personal assistant to San Francisco’s favorite superheroine, Aveda Jupiter.  They’ve been best friends since grade school, when Evie and then-Annie Chang were best friends who stuck up for each other in the face of the teasing they got for being the only Asians in school.  Now, though, demon portals are opening up all over San Francisco, and Evie’s in charge of making sure that Aveda Jupiter has everything she needs to slay the demons and look good doing it.  Also on Aveda’s team are the lusty weapons master and bodyguard Lucy, who can charm every woman she meets except the owner of the trendy cupcake shop where demons most recently appeared, as well as the team’s handsome but antagonistic scientist and doctor Nate.  In addition to managing the team, Evie also has to deal with her rebellious teenage sister, Bea, and Scott, who used to be part of a trio with her and Aveda but now won’t talk to Aveda.  Meanwhile, they’re followed by a backstabbing blogger, Maisy, who only pretends to be friendly. There’s a lot of facing down personal demons and some romance (including sexytimes), as well as fun San Francisco locales and time in the karaoke bar, all while battling demons who take the shape of whatever they first find when they cross through – like cupcakes.  Issues like racism and sexism are present but take backstage to the sheer awesomeness and fun of the characters.  Really, how can you go wrong with demon cupcakes?

Heroine Worship by Sarah KuhnHeroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn. Daw, 2017.
In book two of the trilogy, Aveda Jupiter takes center stage, set against a bridal industry that’s literally possessing brides.  There’s been no recent demon activity, so Aveda pours all of her considerable energy into planning Evie’s wedding as her maid of honor.  Aveda’s perfectionism runs head-on into Evie’s much more casual style, causing problems between the best friends.  Things go from bad to worse when the designer chiffon dress with red flowers at the neckline that Annie loves is literally possessed, first trying to kill Evie and then turning her into a bridezilla.  Soon, Bridezilla fever is spreading through San Francisco.  With Evie affected, too, Aveda turns to her old, estranged friend Scott for help.  We also meet San Francisco’s other superheroine, Shruti, whose powers have been stepping up even as she’s running a successful vintage clothing business.  Blogger Maisy is still present, supposedly reformed – but can she really be trusted?  And Evie’s little sister Bea is taking on increasing responsibility, getting ready to take center stage herself in the third book in the series.  Heroine’s Journey is out this summer, just in time for me to try to track it down.

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Aru Shah and Kiranmala

I’m always on the lookout for more books for Percy Jackson fans, especially from non-Western European cultures.  Happily, Rick Riordan has started his own imprint to do just this thing – but Scholastic also recently published a book with a similar feel based on Indian mythology.  Two in one year, when I hadn’t seen any since Sarwat Chadda’s The Savage Fortress, back in 2013.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani ChokshiAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. Disney-Hyperion, 2018.
Aru lives in the Atlanta Museum of Ancient Indian Culture, and is often left alone while her mother travels to find more artifacts.  She’s settled on fibbing as a way to gain popularity, though this unsurprisingly doesn’t really work.  When some of her classmates stop by the museum and don’t believe that the lamp on display is really magical, as in Aru’s stories, she lights it.  But lighting it frees an ancient demon and kicks off a freezing plague, so her classmates aren’t awake to appreciate it.  She has woken the Sleeper, and is off to stop it, together with the requisite snarky animal side-kick and her sister-of-legend, Mini (who is part Filipina! Hooray!).  Unlike Aru, Mini has grown up training to be a Pandava hero.  I also found her a much more sympathetic character.  Aru, Mini, and sidekick (whose name I neglected to record – oops!) have many exciting and humor-filled adventures, including a journey to Death, finding magical weapons, and visiting a Night Bazaar disguised as a Costco.  I liked it about as much as the Rick Riordan books, which is to say that the adventure rushes by so quickly I didn’t have as much time as I liked to get to know the characters, but it feels pitch-perfect for more plot-oriented readers.

The Serpent's Secret. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond Book 1 by Sayantani DasGuptaThe Serpent’s Secret. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond Book 1 by Sayantani DasGupta. Scholastic, 2018.
Kiran in Parsippany, New Jersey, is the daughter of convenience store owners who nevertheless insist that she dress as a “real Indian Princess” every Halloween, even though she doesn’t like princesses and her birthday is on Halloween.  But on her twelfth birthday, she comes home from school to find a birthday card and a cut-off note from her mother saying not try to rescue her and her father but to trust the princes. Kiran’s reading of this is interrupted by a rakkhosh, a very large monster of Indian legend, destroying her house.  As this is happening, two very cute brothers only a little older than she is show up: bored, sarcastic Neel in blue, handsome and chivalrous if slightly incompetent Lal in red.  They take her out of the “2-D” world, and work to rescue her parents (despite the warning) and stop the end of the world.  There is also an adorable wisecracking and prophesying bird named Tuntuni, lots of death-defying adventures, a touch of awkward romance, and some thoughts on how much our parents do and don’t make who we are.  An afterward goes into the original stories that inspired this tale that draws characters and settings from many of them.  This book had a less frenetic pace despite hitting all the key notes to make it work as Riordan read-alike.  I’m definitely on board for the sequel and am curious about DasGupta’s older book of straight-up retellings of Bengal mythology, The Demon Slayers.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Look!  I read one of the books on my missed-from-2017 list.  This is a lovely Snow White retelling for a teen audience with an LGBT spin.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa BashardoustGirls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda. MacMillan Audio, 2017.
In alternating narrations, we hear the stories of two girls growing into women: Mina, whose alchemist father pushes her to use her beauty to gain advantage, telling her that she’s incapable both of loving and of being loved for herself.  Partly with his pushing, partly with her own skill, she earns a marriage to the grieving widowed king living in Whitespring, where winter never leaves.

Linnet is the daughter of that king, and has grown up idolizing her stepmother.  As a girl, she craves adventure, climbing trees and walls in the courtyard whenever she can.  Her father, though, wants her to be delicate and refined, just like the dead mother she resembles.  The older she grows, the more she’s torn between her desire to please her father and her need to be her own person. The beginnings of change to this unhappy balance come when a young female surgeon, only a year or two her senior, comes to work at the castle.

The relationship here is a lot more interesting than in the typical Snow White story – Linnet loves Mina wholeheartedly, while Mina believes she’s incapable of love and is also pushed by the king not to try to replace Linnet’s mother.  There’s a lot here of women discovering their own power and their own way to love outside of what they’re told is proper.  Jennifer Ikeda’s rich voice works very well for this fairy tale setting which conveys classic magic in a historic setting despite the more modern romantic aspects.  Though I’ve focused on the personal aspects in this review, there are also quite a bit of politics as Mina and Linnet must work to keep the kingdom together, as well as thoughts on the worship of the past queen who caused the everlasting winter. Highly recommended.

Here are some other Snow White retellings I’ve read, in order from middle grade to adult.

  • Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen (billed as middle grade, but very dark)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (straight-up teen and high adventure)
  • Snow by Tracy Lynn (adult, I think?  It’s been a long time.)
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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. JohnstonThat Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. Penguin Random House, 2017
Welcome to a retro-futuristic present day, where the reign of Victorias never ended, thanks to the first Victoria’s making matches for her children on every continent. This blends together with advanced genetic match-making by Computer.  Here we meet three young people.  Introverted Helena is preparing for her debut – and is invited to a big debut ball in Toronto, where the current Queen Victoria will be present.  The debut marks the official start of adulthood, a time for young women to launch their careers as well as start looking for matches.

Helena already has plans to marry Lam August Callaghan, heir to the Callaghan shipping empire in Ontario, though she does not know that he has unfortunately gotten the business tangled with some nasty American pirates.  The third major character, we slowly find out, is Princess Victoria Margaret, heir to the British Empire.  She’s in disguise – using her middle name, wearing her African-curly hair combed out instead of hidden under a wig,  and in Toronto rather than London – so that she can have her own debut.

Once again, E.K. Johnston takes several familiar themes, shakes them up, and comes out with something completely unique.  I loved the world-building here, the names of the English Country dances being done so familiar to me, mixed with computerized match-making intent on getting a perfect blend of genes from around the world, even if people are free to go their own way or not submit their profile to the Computer in the first place.  I really liked both Helena and Margaret, and was somewhat less taken with August, which is probably why the romance almost but not quite worked for me.  The book does get points, though, for being the only teen book I’ve ever read that even mentioned intersex people, let alone having one as a main character.  (Who is it?  Read the book to find out!) There is lots packed into a relatively slim book, with lots to think about afterwards.

But – Ms. Johnston, I love your books and I love Ontario, where I have spent many happy times from childhood vacations to my honeymoon.  What is it that you have against my home state of Michigan, and why is it destroyed in all of your books set in Ontario?  Could we please be friends?

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Bad Luck Kids: Trials of Morrigan Crow and Book of Boy

Here are two stories of children in very different worlds, but both considered to be bad luck.

The first was all over the blogs I read in the middle of Cybils season last year.  It’s just as delightful a few months later!

The Trials of Morrigan Crow. Nevermoor 1 by Jessica TownsendTrials of Morrigan Crow. Nevermoor #1 by Jessica Townsend. Hachette, 2017.
Every Eventide, in a world powered by Wunder and Squall Industries, the 12-year-long Ages change.  But babies born at Eventide are considered cursed, responsible for all the troubles around them and doom to die at the start of the next age.  Morrigan Crow is barely tolerated by her powerful family for most of her life for just this reason, as her father pays out fees to everyone around who claims that Morrigan’s interference caused them to sprain their ankles or lose the spelling bees.

The age is just changing and Morrigan has seen the terrifying smoke hounds out to get her.  Suddenly, she is rescued by flamboyant, ginger-haired Jupiter North, who takes her to his beautiful Deucalion Hotel in the Magical Kingdom and tells her she’ll be competing in formal Trials to be one of the next members of the Wundrous Society. Much like a certain boy wizard, she’s set adrift in a world with unfamiliar rules.  She meets kids her age who may become friends (a decently diverse lot, though that’s clearly not the focus), and is constantly wondering what talent she might have that would cause Jupiter North to break so many rules to bring her over.  This is fast-moving despite its length, and lots of fun. It will be eligible for this year’s Cybils, but is already on of the High Five for Michigan’s YouPer award.

 

I have always loved a good solid story of the middle ages, (fantasy touch not necessary but appreciated) and this one came recommended by both Betsy Bird at a Fuse #8 Production and Charlotte of Charlotte’s Library.

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert MurdockThe Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Greenwillow Books, 2018.
Boy considers that to be his name. He’s considered bad luck because of his hump – it’s 1350, and a deformity like that must be an outward manifestation of some horrible sin.  He used to be cared for – and beaten – by Father Petrus – and now is beaten and less cared for by Cook, the new wife of brain-injured Sir Jacques, since his Lady her beautiful babies all died in the plague.  When a man called Secundus comes by looking for relics of St. Peter, Boy decides to join him in hopes of being healed by pilgrimage himself.  It doesn’t take long before Boy has traveled farther than he ever has before – or to discover that Secundus is not the holy man that he’s led Boy to believe.  Boy’s lively character balances out the old-fashioned feeling, and humor, action, and feeling are also kept nicely balanced.  Though the action is less over-the-top, it would still pair excellently with The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz.

There’s also Bad Luck Girl, the last book in the American Fairy trilogy by Sarah Zettel, for another bad luck kid.  And of course, Catherine Gilbert Murdock has written many wonderful but quite different books for teens, including Dairy Queen and Princess Ben.

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May + June Challenge Update

#SummerSoLit Bingo Challenge:

My friend Akilah at the Englishist is co-hosting a summer reading challenge going from the Summer Solstice through the Fall Equinox.  I must admit that real life is being tough right now and I haven’t been out searching for books to meet the criteria… so right now I have read only book that fits any of the squares, though I have a couple others checked out that might work.

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bellatsealeyheadBeach on the cover: The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip (not at all diverse)

I just today started a book with a One Word Title, Warcross by Marie Lu.

If you, dear reader, have any thoughts on good books, preferably diverse middle grade or teen, that would help me make a row or two – like a Collection of Stories by a POC, Fireworks on the Cover or Heat in the title, please let me know in the comments!

I’m also continuing with the Diversity Reading Challenge hosted by Pam at the Unconventional Librarian.  Here’s what I’ve read so far this year, with books read since my last update in May in bold.  Friends, if you’ve read Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, would you count Tess as having a mental illness?  Let me know what you think!

Diversity Challenge Update

  1. Written by or about a person of Hispanic origin:
  • Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
  • A Dash of Trouble. Love Sugar Magic #1 by Anna Meriano
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  1. A book in which a character suffers from a mental illness:
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  1. A book written by or about someone on the spectrum:
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Narrated by Thom Rivera
  • Watchdog by Will McIntosh
  1. A book with an African-American [or African] young woman as the main character:
  • Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • Dragons and Marshmallows. Zooey and Sassafras Book 1 by Asia Citro
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Binti: the Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland
  1. A book containing an Asian main character
  • Jasmine Toguchi: Super Sleuth by Debbi Michiko Florence
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  • Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
  • The Serpent’s Secret. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond Book 1 by Sayantani DasGupta
  • The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan and Tom Knight
  1. A book with an illustrator of color
  • Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
  • Whoosh: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and Don Tate
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang.
  1. A book with an LGBT main character
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  • Spinning by Tillie Walden
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Read by Christian Coulson.
  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by K. Johnston
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  1. A graphic novel
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim
  • Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly and Molly Park
  • Monsters Beware! By Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
  • Backstagers Vol 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte
  1. A book with a Muslim main character
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  1. A book written by or for African-American young men
  • Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
  • Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
  • To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson
  1. A book in which the author or narrator has a physical disability
  • Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari and Patrice Barton
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  • The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  1. A book about children during the Holocaust.
  • The Dollmaker of Krakow by M. Romero
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