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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Review | Our Year of Maybe

AUTHOR: Rachel Lynn Solomon CATEGORY/AUDIENCE: Young Adult GENRE: Contemporary RELEASE: January 15, 2019 PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository   Last year, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s debut YA contemporary novel You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone blew me away with its unflinchingly honest look at sisterhood, Jewish identity, health, and growing up. Her 2019 release, Our Year of Maybe, is […]

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Review| Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed

AUTHOR: Jaime Reed CATEGORY/AUDIENCE: Young Adult GENRE: Contemporary, Romance RELEASE: February 26, 2019 PUBLISHER: Point LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book— all opinions are my own.  Sorry Not Sorry  is a diverse story of friendship between two girls from different backgrounds: Alyssa is […]

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Quick Pick | Art Boss

“Quick Pick” is a blog feature that makes it easy to pick your next book. It’s also a perfect way for librarians & other educators to learn about a book and who to recommend it to. Think of it as a condensed review highlighting a book’s major themes & why it’s worthy of a spot […]

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