Book Review: Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia – Latinxs in Kid Lit

Review by Troi Genders DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER: One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love. Who would you be if you had one night to be […]

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read All Year Long!

Banned Books Week, held September 25-October 1, 2016 has officially ended.  However, the freedom to read continues.  The freedom to read is about choices to read a variety of books on a variety of subjects.  Books that can expand your mind, broaden your perspective, increase understanding, and bring awareness to a multiplicity and complexity of issues.

This year’s Banned Books Week focused on young adult literature, and books with diverse content.  These books are often challenged and/or banned in school classrooms and libraries.

For information and resources on the freedom to read, click on the links below:

book review: Perfect Liar — Crazy QuiltEdi

title: Perfect Liars author: Kimberly Reid date: Tu Books/Lee & Low; 2016 main character: Andrea “Drea” Faraday young adult realistic fiction I was excited to see a new release from Kim Reid and for the most part, I was not let down. Perfect Liars is an innovative story that reflect today’s teens in their high risk […]

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April Releases (middle grade and YA) — Crazy QuiltEdi

Meet Marly: Marly Book 1 by Alice Pung; Penguin Books Australia. Ages 8-12. It’s 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But being a refugee from Vietnam doesn’t make things easy, and when Marly’s cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun […]

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Day 11 28 Days Later Campaign from The Brown Bookshelf: Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward, author of the books, Salvage the Bones, Where the Line Bleeds, and Men We Reaped A Memoir, is the featured author for Day 11 28 Days Later Campaign.  Read about this award winning author here:

March 13 Woman of the Day: Harriet A. Jacobs

Harriet A. Jacobs, born in 1813, was one of the first African American women to publish an autobiography.  Her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, told how she struggled to avoid the sexual advances of her master.  More information about this courageous woman can be found here:

More resources on Harriet A. Jacobs:

Yale University:                                                                              PBS:                                                                                                                                                      NPR:

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March 12 Woman of the Day: Virginia Hamilton

March 12 Woman of the Day is Virginia Hamilton, an award winning children’s and young adult’s author, who was born on this day in 1936.  Information about this amazing author can be found by clicking here:

Additional resources:                                                                                         Audio from Open Road Media: