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2014 in review

December 29, 2014

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many […]

Ending Out the Year

December 29, 2014


I know, I know! It’s been a while. Please know that I have no intentions of walking away from this blog. I think promoting literacy for teens of color as well as promoting authors of color and their works is too important. Life sometimes just gets in the way. This is going to be a […]

book review: Bad Luck Girl

December 15, 2014

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title: Bad Luck Girl author Sarah Zettel date: May, 2104 main character: Calliope Margaret LeRoux de Minuit (Callie) reading level: 5.0   Bad Luck Girl is the third book in the American Fairy Trilogy. Zettel quickly provides background information, making it easy to enjoy this installment without having read the others in the series. (I […]

book review: The Crossover

December 12, 2014

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title: The Crossover author: Kwame Alexander date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2014 Main Character: Josh “Filthy McNasty” Bell reading level 4-3 Kwame Alexander tells the story of Josh Bell in verse. Josh is 13, has a twin brother Jordan, and by his own account is star of the school’s basketball team. His mom is his school’s […]

Book Reviews: The Alternative Series

December 11, 2014

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book review: The Alternatives by Patrick Jones Darby Creek/Lerner Books 2014 OutBurst Bridge Target Barrier Controlled Based upon information on his website, I can tell you that Patrick Jones is a white male, a former teen librarian turned author who is extremely passionate about reluctant teen readers, for whom he’s written over 20 books. He’s […]

Gay. Black. YA.

December 9, 2014


During a presentation I made in early November, I was asked about YA books for working class, gay African American males. That was a tough one! I thought about Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd but that doesn’t really fit the bill (It’s upper class, New Adult) so I asked Craig Laurance Gidney and […]

book review: Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

December 5, 2014


title: Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood author: Varsha Bajaj date: March 2014 main character: Abby Spencer   When Abby has a traumatic reaction to coconut, her mom realizes that it’s time to bring Abby’s dad into the picture. What else might Abby have inherited from him? Of course, Abby has always wanted to know her […]

December 2014

December 5, 2014


I’ve never had such a difficult time finding new books! Two. Two books this month by authors of color. Fame of Thrones by Amir Abrams and Ni Ni Simone; k-Teen Lights, Love and Lip Gloss by Amir Abrams and Ni Ni Simone; K-Teen


December 1, 2014


I am so glad November is over!!!! I don’t know how I managed to book so many conferences for one month! Of course there are blessings in that, in being able to make the conferences, in connections made and new knowledge found. But November got ugly with tragic news, some bad news and some just […]