November has been quite a month. NOVEMBER 1 Nov Antiracist Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community (student ed.) by Michelle T. Sanchez. WaterBrookBraiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Nicole Neidhardt. Lerner/ZestColor-Courageous Discipleship (student ed.) by… Read More November Releases
Title: Why We FlyAuthors: Kimberly Jones and Gilly SegalDate: Sourceboooks; 2021Main characters: Eleanor “Leni” Greenberg and Chanel Rose IronsYA reality fiction We’ve come to look at many YA novels as ‘coming of age’ books. Eleanor (Jewish) and Chanel (African American) may come of age in this sophomore novel, however I find it much more appropriate… Read More review: Why We Fly
Despite what you may be hearing in the media: “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free”. (Maya Angelou) In my work, that means that representation in youth literature has to be continually examined, preferably through the lens of critical multicultural analysis because our stories express how we conceptualize… Read More From Outrage to Books to Action
Is anyone else going to ALAN/NCTE? I’ll be there this year, my first conference since! I’ll get my bivalent booster this week, doing what I can to prepare myself. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the thoughts, movements, and trends relating to young adult literature. I’ll be attending just in time to prepare for… Read More it’s Already Thursday!
Title: When the World Turned Upside DownAuthor: K. IburaDate: Scholastic; 2022Main characters: Shayla, Liam, Ai and Ben Through the lives of Shayla, Liam, Ai, and Ben young readers may begin to make sense of what happened during The Pandemic. These four friends, who live in the same apartment building, are suddenly sent home from school… Read More book review: When the World Turned Upside Down