Immigration is tough. High school is tougher. Being a teenager is definitely a struggle, we all know this. Lucy’s whole life seems like a struggle sometimes. Her father works all day at a factory, while her mother sews illegally in their garage to make money, which has always been tight. Between school work, watching … More Lucy and Linh
An introduction to Coretta Scott King’s life, and how the Coretta Scott King Award continues her legacy. … More Indomitable
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Three misfits find friendship and avert loneliness in a rural southern high school where their peers revere football and demand conformity. Dill sees no future for himself. He dreads the life laid out before him, one where he works at a dead-end job to help his mother make ends … More Real Realistic Teen Fiction
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy The circumstances of people’s lives are often peppered with ironies. Ironies so starling that they leave us scratching our heads in wonder. Hello Willowdean Dickson. Willowdean has what some might dub a “weight problem” but she is comfortable with her body (mostly). Her mother is a former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet … More Pageants, Fast Food, and Conformity, Oh My!
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly Sol and her younger sister have suffered so much loss in their short lives. Their sister drowned at age 4 and their mother died within a year following that. Their father promptly remarries and moves the family from Philippines to Louisiana. The stepmother turns out to … More YA Books on the Immigrant Experience
I am facing a dilemma writing this blog post. There is really not much I can tell you about The Girl With All The Gifts without giving it all away. And yet, I must write about it for 3 terrific reasons. First, this is one of ten titles on the 2016 Flume Book Award list. … More The Book with all the Gifts
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin “If you know one child with autism, you know one child with autism.” This popular saying within the autism community holds true with the character Rose Howard in Rain Reign. Rose has very specific likes and dislikes. She has habits and behaviors that make her uniquely special – as … More We All Need Understanding and Compassion