Category Archives: Books

The Gateway Quartet by Cerberus Jones

Taking a break from my massive reading of diverse books to write about this fun chapter book series, which arrived from the publisher at the height of Cybils madness. The Gateway Quartet: The Four-Fingered Man, the Warriors of Brin-Hask, the … Continue reading

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Allied Media Conference

Hello friends – This is just a short note to say that my friend Nakenya and I will be presenting on Diversity in Youth Literature at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit next Saturday, June 17.  There is nothing like … Continue reading

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Top 10 Books on My Want-to-Read List for the Second Half of 2017

Once again, the folks at the Broke and the Bookish say it’s time for me (and the rest of their groupies) to plan out our reading for the second half of the year. I will not complain about planning ahead for once. Here are (slightly more than) ten mostly middle grade fantasy books I’m looking forward to. Continue reading

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Juana & Lucas

I first took this book home because it was a Cybils Early Chapter Book finalist, but it went on to win a Pura Belpré Author Award. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016 Juana lives in Bogotá, Columbia and … Continue reading

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The Sun is Also a Star

My memory is a little fuzzy as to why I picked this up – but I am a sucker for a good teen romance, and this adds to my #OwnVoices goals as well. The Sun is Also a Star by … Continue reading

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Short Takes: House of Shadows, Girl Who Drank the Moon, Furthermore

Every so often, I realize that I am reading faster than I can write reviews.  Time passes, my friends, and I cannot seem to make more of it no matter how hard I try.   So here is an exercise in … Continue reading

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Gemina

Not only did I enjoy Illuminae myself, but it accomplished a near miracle, which is getting my son who will normally read only graphic novels and audiobooks for pleasure to read it to himself.  All 599 pages.  I might have … Continue reading

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

I finally got around to reading Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – short & intense thoughts on identity, diplomacy and a love of math. In space, which makes everything better. Continue reading

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Asian-American Graphic Novels 2

Three years ago, I did a display in the library and a post here about Asian-American Graphic Novels.  This year felt like time for an update!  Just a few notes – this list was originally started around a core bibliography … Continue reading

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A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge

This was a book that I had been waiting for five years to be published in the US, and had hoped in vain that some family member would buy for me from the UK.  I had already read and enjoyed … Continue reading

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