The pitch: Mai, or Mia as she’s known at school, is the thoroughly SoCal daughter of Vietnamese refugees. Her big beach plans for the summer are cut short when her dad announces a family trip to Vietnam to help her grandmother, Ba, say goodbye to her grandfather’s memory. All Mai can … Continue reading →
Luc, an orphan in Gabon, is hired as a research assistant by an Egyptian professor studying chimpanzees. They move into the jungle, which is full of dangers both environmental and human. This is sort of a companion to Schrefer’s lovely Endangered, one of my favorite books of recent years. Though they’re … Continue reading →
I’ve posted here several times about Tu Books, a Lee & Low imprint devoted to excellent children’s fantasy, sci-fi, and mysteries about characters of color. Other publishers will sometimes pick up an Akata Witch or Summer Prince, but an entire imprint committed to diversifying YA/MG genre fiction is a huge … Continue reading →
Every five years the futuristic enclosed city of Palmares Tres, in what was Brazil, elects a summer king. He is beautiful and beloved — and at the end of his year, he is sacrificed to choose a new Queen. Best friends June and Gil have never questioned this custom until … Continue reading →
Nazia wants to finish school, but she knows she’s destined to get married instead. But then her father loses his job and her mother takes work cleaning houses — the most demeaning possible job, and she needs Nazia to help. How will she get married or finish school or have … Continue reading →
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