Updating February

My most complete list of February releases. As I continue to find more titles by authors of color, I’ll add them to the comprehensive list for 2015.

Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game Hardcover by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author); Disney Hyperion
When eighth-grader Chris’s older brother, Jax, is caught betting on the pick-up basketball games that Chris and his friends play, Chris becomes involved in the police investigation. Ages 9-12.
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez; Bloomsbury
Elizabeth Davis and Emily Delgado seem to have little in common except Ms. Diaz’s English class and the solace they find in the words of Emily Dickinson, but both are struggling to cope with monumental secrets and tumultuous emotions that will lead one to attempt suicide. Ages 12-18.
Dove Arising by Karen Bao; Penguin
“On a lunar colony, fifteen-year-old Phaet Theta does the unthinkable and joins the Militia when her mother is imprisoned by the Moon’s oppressive government”. (ages 12 and up)
Feral Pride by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Candlewick
The explosive finale to the Feral series by New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. A rousing blend of suspense, paranormal romance, humor, and high action. Ages 12-18. (ages 12 and up)
Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz; St. Martin Press
Clementine, Logan, and their allies have retreated into hiding on the Surface, with plans to infiltrate each sector and weaken Commander Charlie’s infrastructure from within, but Charlie has more weapons in his possession than guns and bombs, and he will do whatever it takes to stop the rebels. Ages 12-18.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda; Feiwel and Friends
With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever. 1(ages 12-18)
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia; Harper Collins/Amistad
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles. Across the way lives Miss Trotter, Ma Charles’ half sister. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. Ages 8-12.
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai; Harper Collins
Assisting her grandmother’s investigation of her grandfather’s fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family. (ages 8-12)
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warza; Balzer + Bray
Seventeen-year-old Aysel’s hobby–planning her own death–take a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own. (ages 12-18)
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons; Tor Teens
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom … if she can truly trust him. (ages 12-18)
This Side of Home by Renée Watson; Bloomsbury
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new–white–family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted. (ages 12-18)
Birchtown and the Black Loyalists by Wanda Lauren Taylor; Nimbus
Wanda Taylor recounts the incredible story of the Black Loyalists of Birchtown. With educational and accessible language, she introduces young readers to the journey of Black American soldiers taken from Africa as slaves, their quest for freedom, the settlement and struggle of Black Loyalists on Nova Scotia soil, and the enduring spirit of their descendants in spite of a history marked by hardship and loss. Includes informative sidebars, highlighted glossary terms, recommended reading, historic timeline, an index and dozens of historical and contemporary images. (ages 7-12)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind young readers edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; Penguin
When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy’s brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William’s story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family. (ages 10 and up)
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin; Razorbill
Peter Stone’s parents and siblings are extroverts, musicians, and yellers—and the louder they get, the less Peter talks, or even moves, until he practically fits his last name. When his family moves to the Texas Hill Country, though, Peter finds a tranquil, natural valley where he can, at last, hear himself think. There, he meets a girl his age: Annie Blythe. Annie tells Peter she’s a “wish girl.” But Annie isn’t just any wish girl; she’s a “Make-A-Wish Girl.” And in two weeks she will begin a dangerous treatment to try and stop her cancer from spreading. Left alone, the disease will kill her. But the treatment may cause serious, lasting damage to her brain.
Annie and Peter hatch a plan to escape into the valley, which they begin to think is magical. But the pair soon discovers that the valley—and life—may have other plans for them. And sometimes wishes come true in ways they would never expect. (ages 8-12)

New Releases: January 2015

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 : The Life Journeys Of Harriet Tubman And Susan B. Anthony, Inspired By Historical Facts by Nikki Grimes and Michele Wood (Orchard Books)
Tech Jacket vol 3 by Emilio Lopez; Image Comics

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Lists and Piles

Piles and piles of books!!!

piled on my coffee table

Some have been piling up on my coffee table. I won one from Cynsations, received some from Lee and Low and bought others.

Thank you, Goosebottom Books!!

I also received a wonderful pile from Goosebottom Books!! I’ll be reviewing these over the next few weeks and interviewing the publisher as well. I don’t have a copy of their newest books (yet!) but it is one of the absolutely coolest books I have seen! It’s featured in this YouTube video.

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The BrownBookShelf has begun collecting author suggestions for the 2013 28 Days Later list. They are looking for African American children’s authors and illustrators they’ve not yet featured. Visit their site for a reminder of who they have interviewed over the years and then add a few. They’re accepting names through 3 November.

Liz B over at a Chair, Fireplace and Teacozy recently sparked a conversation about gender balance and YA. I found the post particularly interesting as I’ve recently proposed a presentation on the topic myself. Liz B asks what really is the question, what is driving all the discussion about male vs. female authors/ protagonists/authors in YA fiction and she leads her readers to lady business’s post Gender Balance in YA Award Winners Since 2000. There are so few male writers of color in YA! Does this influence young men of color and their interest in reading? Is it the lack of male protagonists, or do these things not matter? Is the male voice of consequence in YA literature?



POC March Releases

Take what you can carry  by Kevin Pyle; Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks; March  MG/graphic novel

In 1977 suburban Chicago, Kyle runs wild with his friends and learns to shoplift from the local convenience store. In 1941 Berkeley, the Himitsu family is forced to leave their home for a Japanese-American internment camp, and their teenage son must decide how to deal with his new life. But though these boys are growing up in wildly different places and times, their lives intersect in more ways than one, as they discover compassion, learn loyalty, and find renewal in the most surprising of places.

Power Hitter  by M. C. Higgins; Darby Creek Pub, March

Sammy Perez has to make it to the big leagues. After his teammate’s career-ending injury, the Roadrunners decided to play in a wood bat tournament to protect their pitchers. And while Sammy used to be a hotheaded, hard-hitting, home-run machine, he’s now stuck in the slump of his life. Sammy thinks the wood bats are causing the problem, but his dad suggests that maybe he’s not strong enough. Is Sammy willing to break the law and sacrifice his health to get an edge by taking performance-enhancing drugs? Can Sammy break out of his slump in time to get noticed by major-league scouts?

Into the wise dark  by Neesha Meminger; Ignite Books, 12 March

Pammi has a Secret–she is an Able. At night, she travels through time to an ancient city called Zanum. She’s been visiting Zanum since she was seven and she’s kept it a secret from everyone–including her own mother. Especially her mother. Everything’s been fine…until now.
On the night of an important Zanum ceremony, Pammi follows her gut instinct and defies an elder’s orders, inadvertently leading evil directly to the door of the city she loves. Now the evil that plans to wipe out the city is coming after her. Can she save herself, and Zanum, before it’s too late? Or will she seal the doom of all Ables and witness the annihilation of everyone she loves?

The girl who could silence the wind by Meg Medina; Candlewick, 13 March

Worn down by the constant petitions of the villagers who think she has special powers, sixteen-year-old Sonia leaves behind her shawl covered with milagros and her mountain home and sets out to live a life of her own choosing in the capital city.

Cali boys: Boyfriend season   by Kelli London; K’Teen, 27 March

It’s a town of heartthrobs, drama queens, and bullies. Now two teens who are new to L.A. are about to get a crash course in it all–and learn that getting the guy isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. . .

Kassidy Maddox has everything–beauty, brains, and confidence to spare. Fresh off the New York A-list, she knows what she wants: Shooby, Romero, and Carsen, three extremely fine, must-have boys. And she isn’t about to choose between them–until she meets Diggs. He’s a hot property–and he doesn’t like to share. Will Kassidy finally have to give up the spotlight?

Jacobi Swanson is a late bloomer with a major crush on her neighbor, Malone. He’s got a serious case of the perfects–perfectly popular, perfectly smart, and perfectly rich. Determined to break out of her shell and into his heart, Jacobi turns to Kassidy for beauty and boy tips. But when Jacobi finally captures Malone’s attention, she’ll have to figure out whether he’s for real–along with everything else in la-la land. . .

Be sure to visit the HappyNappyBookseller for a listing of all ages of POC books released in March.

New Books: January, 2012

I hope you’ve resolved to diversify your reading in 2012! Me? I’m just resolving to read more! And, to get my best of 2011 post up! Lists are so very hard to make! Even this one that listst all the new MG and YA books I’ve found for 2012. I know I’ve missed some, so please put them in the comments for me. Thanks!

You can find more upcoming books on my 2012 Booklist.

  1. Living Violet by Jaime Reed; Dafina, 1 Jan
  2. Irises  by Francisco X. Stork; Authur A. Levine; Jan 2012
  3. Dumpling Days by Grace Lin; Little Brown Books for Young Readers; 2 Jan
  4. Black Indians a hidden heritage  by William Loren Katz; Atheneum Books for Young Readers,  3 January  NF
  5. Stars in the Shadows by Charles R. Smith; Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 3 Jan
  6. The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis; Wendy A. Lamb Books, January MG
  7. Superman vs. the Ku Klux Klan: The story of how the iconic superhero battle the men of hate  by Rick Bowers; National Geographic Books for Children, 10 Jan MG/NF
  8. Stolen into slavery: The true store of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Frandin; National Geographic Books for Children; 10 Jan
  9. The whole story of half a girl by Veera Hirandandani; Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 2012
  10. The Flava Girls vs. the Principal by Kelly Kenyatta; William H. Kelly Publishing; 12 Jan
  11. Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani; HarperTeen; 17 Jan
  12. Marching to the mountaintop  by Ann Bausum; National Geographic Press, January NF
  13. Facts of life: stories by Gary Soto; Graphia, January
  14. Going the distance (Alec London series) by Stephanie Perry Moore and Derrick Moore; Lift Every Voice, January MG
  15. The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards; HarperCollins, 17 Jan
  16. Mesmerize  by Artist Arthur; Kimani Tru, January
  17. No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Carolrhoda Books; 31 Jan