Gordon, Meryl G. (Writer) and Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator). The Flower Girl Wore Celery. Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2016.
Emma has been invited to be a flower girl in her older cousin’s wedding. She’s excited, although a little confused. She’s been told she’ll wear a celery dress Continue reading
Moore, Perry. Hero. New York: Hyperion, 2007.
Thom Creed is obsessed with Uberman. Not only is he the perfect superhero, with the powers of flight, invincibility, and superstrength, but he is incredibly handsome, with an amazing buff body and a kind smile. So when Thom develops a superpower and is asked to audition for the League, he is thrilled to finally meet Uberman in person. Continue reading
Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. New York: Scholastic, 2016.
In this ambitious and beautifully written novel, three women—a grandmother, a mother, and a teenage daughter—struggle with secrets and relationships. Katie is a pariah at school because she kissed her best friend, who ousted her from the social circle by telling people that the kiss was nonconsensual. Caroline, Katie’s mother, is exhausted from helicopter-parenting her disabled child and caring for her estranged mother while waiting for a dementia care facility to have a bed available. Mary, Katie’s grandmother, is suddenly thrust into their lives when her partner dies; she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and desperately tries to remember what happened between her and her daughter. Continue reading
Andrés, José Carlos (Writer), Natalia Hernández (Illustrator), and Amaranta Heredia Jaen (English translation). My Dad is a Clown / Mi Papá es un Payaso. NubeOcho, 2016.
In this delightful bilingual picture book, a child learns about his father’s job as a clown. He’s always admired his father’s work—he makes people laugh! One day, he convinces his other father, who is a doctor, to pretend to be spies and follow him around. Continue reading
Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. Brooklyn, Akashic Books: 2017.
In this extraordinary speculative fiction novel, debut author Solomon explores racial discrimination and slavery, disability, gender and sexuality, and scientific progress aboard a space vessel traveling to a promised utopian planet. Some spoilers below. Continue reading
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Smith, Lindsay. A Darkly Beating Heart. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
Reiko has had a tough time. Her older brother has always treated her poorly, her classmates bullied her, and the girl she fell in love with dumped her for someone else.
Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Canada: Orca Book Publishers, 2016.
This middle-grade nonfiction book presents the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement and Pride Day in an accessible, interesting, and vibrant way. Continue reading