4 reviews, 2 new books and 1 article and p.s.

Posted on 16 June 2011 Thursday


In the midst of my errands the other day, Iwas lucky enough to catch an interview with Heidi Durrow on NPR. While she was speaking to promote the Mixed Roots Film and Literacy Festival, she began the interview by discussing her The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. She mentioned the countless numbers of publishers who, having decided no one could relate to the half Danish, half African American main character, rejected the book. The book was published by Algonquin and went on to receive much critical acclaim and to win the Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change. Her interview on Tell Me More can be found here.

"Tthis book zinged to the heart of my memories of growing up in India." ~Niranjana Iyer

"A humorous, hip look at the ups and downs of fasting for Ramadan within the context of intergenerational and cultural challenges."—KIRKUS REVIEWS

Medeia Sharif’s blog is counting down the days until her new book Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. is released, however she announced on FB the other day that it has been released!! Bestest is one book to which I’ve been looking forward to reading, so my copy gets ordered this weekend.

To promote her new book The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, Uma Krishnaswami has a truly interesting blog tour that is running all over the Internet! Catch it before it ends! I’ll be purchasing this one on the same order with Medeia’s book!

I haven’t been writing, but I have been reading. So, for your reading pleasure, I have four quick reviews. Click the images below for more information on each book.

Rocket Girls the last planet  by Housuke Nojiri. 2011 by VIZ Media. A book filled with the adventure of two teenage, female astronauts sounds really promising, doesn’t it? Their spacecraft accidentally crash lands in Yukari’s old school where they meet Akane, the girl genius who will join them on a mission to Pluto. I was dismayed by the rather erotic descriptions of the girls’ clothing, gestures and sitting positions. What a way to ruin a good story!

Sacred Mountain Everest by Christine Taylor-Butler. 2009 by Lee and Low Books. I picked this one up knowing that Taylor-Butler is one of the ten women I would invite to my Fantasy Lunch. Sacred Mountain is a non-fiction story of the Sherpa people who live in the shadow of Sagarmatha/Chomolungma/K2/Everest. In the books she explains the Sherpa way of life and their role in guiding outsiders to climb to the mountain’s peak.

Today the world is watching you : The Little Rock Nine and the fight for school integration 1957 by Kekla Magoon. Twenty First Century Books, 2011. In this non-fiction book, Magoon describes the lives of the nine African American students who volunteered to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The book is formatted with images, headers, colors and other visuals that will make the read appealing to young adult readers. [I also finished and thoroughly enjoyed Magoon’s Camo Girl, but I returned it to my library before I could get the review written. I guess that 2 p.s.’s]

How Tia Lola came to visit stay by Julia Alvarez is the only non-library book in this bunch. I bought it some time ago with my astash from HalfPricedBooks. In this first book in the Tia Lola series, Miguel’s Tia/Aunt Lola comes from the Dominican Republic to stay with his family. Miguel’s mother and father have recently divorced and his mom needs the help. She moved her family to Connecticut where Miguel knows no one, feels alienated and just wants to fit in. So, this strange aunt is the last thing he needs, or is she? There are currently 3 books in the Tia Lola series, the last one came out in May (How Tia Lola saved the summer) and the next one will be out in September (How Tia Lola ended up starting over). They are available in English and Spanish.

P.S. Please don’t forget to supportC.O.L.O.R. (Coalition Of Librarians and Online Readers). From May-July Ari @ Reading in Color  is sending at least 25 books to San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara (about 51% Latino), which needs a little TLC. In that book order that I’m doing? I’m getting Shine, Coconut Moon and Jazz in Love for Helen’s students!

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