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book review: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

January 27, 2015

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title: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond author: Brenda Woods date: Nancy Paulsen Books; 2014 main character: Violet Diamond The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond is for those at the younger end of the YA spectrum. Violet Diamond’s universe blossoms as she learns about what makes her who she is. She’s a biracial child growing […]

book review: Book of Wonders

January 26, 2015

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title: The Book of Wonders author: Jasmine Richards date: Harper Collins; 2012 main character: Scheherazade; “Zardi” “Zee” Zardi is a 13 year old girl who lives in Taraket, a large city in the mythical kingdom of Arribitha. The land is ruled by Sultan Shahryar, a tyrant who has banned all magic. Young girls in the kingdom […]

Time To Check In

January 25, 2015

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OK, are you going to ALA Midwinter? What do you plan/hope to do while there? I’ll be there! I’m at the Day of Diversity on Friday, Presenting an Ignite Session on Saturday, searching the Exhibit Hall for books by authors of color and looking to meet those same authors every chance I get. I’m connecting […]

LIving Together the MLK Way

January 18, 2015

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Sure, they’re just books, but their stories are fulfilling a dream. Sign up for the Birthday Party Pledge. Support our newest authors of color. Follow the more established voices who are struggling to build their careers. Our voices and our stories speak to the content of our character, indeed of America’s character. I’ve matched a […]

Saturday Trailer: Dreaming in Indian

January 17, 2015

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What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Dreaming in Indian is a non-fiction book that was released in 2014 by editors Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in) and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Charleyboy is the Editor in Chief of Urban Native Magazine and Leatherdale writes, edits and consults on books, magazines and digital resources for children and […]

New Releases: January 2015

January 11, 2015

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A late post for a slow starting year for authors of color. Please, let me know what I’ve missed. Emeralds and Ashes by Leila Reshad (Disney Hyperion) The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum) X A Novel by Ilyash Shabazz and Kekla Magoon Stella by Starlight by Shapon Draper (Atheneum) Chasing Freedom : […]

2015 Debut YA Authors of Color

January 11, 2015

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edited 12 january. I love watching this list grow! I’ve been working all day to get this blog caught up a bit. First, here, I have a list of all the debut authors of color that I could find. Very, very few African American or Latino. Yet and still, a very impressive looking group of […]

Saturday Trailer: The Girl From the Well

January 10, 2015

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What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco (Sourcebooks Fire) was released this past August. Chepeco’s Amazon page states “Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, […]

book review: Madman of Piney Woods

January 8, 2015

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Title: The Madman of Piney Woods Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Date: Scholastic Press; 2014 Main Characters: Benjamin “Benji” Alston and Alvin “Red” Stockard Christopher Paul Curtis takes readers back to Buxton with the Madman of Piney Woods, the second book in the trilogy. I’ve not read Elijah of Buxton, but if it’s half as good […]