Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Serpent’s Secret

The Serpent’s Secret is the story of Kiranmala, an ordinary kid whose kind parents run a convenience store in New Jersey. Like all parents, they’re a little weird: her father is freaked out by snakes and has dug a large … Continue reading

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The Poet X

The Poet X is an amazing book that cleverly explores the verse-novel form. I love poetry and verse-novels both, but this could convert a non-believer. Xiomara Batista and her twin Xavier live with their mother and father who are immigrants … Continue reading

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Starfish

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is an immersive, compelling account of the coming of age of seventeen old Kiko. Kiko’s Japanese father and white American mother are divorced and her mother is toxic to the point of being emotionally abusive. … Continue reading

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Clayton Bird Goes Underground

I’m a huge fan of Rita Williams-Garcia’s  amazing Gaither sisters trilogy (beginning with One Crazy Summer) but hadn’t explored her latest, a short, stand-alone novel aimed at 8-12 year olds. CBGU was listed for a National Book Award and had multiple … Continue reading

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