Can’t-miss Fall Release: Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Can't-miss fall release: Crier's War by Nina Varela

Thank you to Wunderkind PR for the early finished copy of this book— all opinions are my own.  Happy October! Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons (sweater weather, Hocus Pocus nights, and pumpkin patches, for instance) but the number one reason is it’s always full of atmospheric, immersive book releases! Today I’m sharing one of […]

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Review | Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

Nalah is so close to getting herself, and her crew of four other girls, off of the streets and into The Towers, where the elite live alongside Déesse, the female ruler of Mega City.

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Review | Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan

Watch Us Rise is a love letter to the space where art and activism intersect. Jasmine and Chelsea are both artists—Jasmine an actress and Chelsea a poet—who are disgusted by the racism and sexism that even their progressive, social justice focused high school is rife with. The blog that the two girls create to showcase poetry and other works about feminism quickly takes on a life of its own. The movement spans to a range of different art forms and voices, which ignites tensions within their school. This novel reminds us that there is so much work to be done; both Chelsea and Jasmine note how social change is widely celebrated despite the fact that racism and sexism are still huge issues, even in social justice circles.

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Review | The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson has once again crafted a can’t-put-down novel about teens at a stand-still learning how to move forward. Like many of his previous novels, The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried explores real themes in a contemporary setting while using sci-fi and fantastical elements as a frame. The novel is told in alternating perspectives between Dino and July, who spend the novel trying to figure out why July has returned from the dead, and what happens next. Together, these former best-friends revisit the events that made their relationship go up in flames, while deciding if July’s return is a chance to repair their friendship or a chance to let it go.

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Review | Internment by Samira Ahmed

In a near-future United States, Layla and her family, along with many other Muslims, are forced into an internment camp. Along with new friends, her boyfriend David on the outside, and an unlikely ally, Layla begins to lead a resistance to take back freedom for herself and the others in the camp.

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