In Strange Birds, four girls form an unlikely friendship that leads to activism. Ofelia Castillo (budding journalist), Aster Douglas (bookish foodie), Cat Garcia (bird aficionado), and Lane DiSanti (artist) are as different as can be. But when the Floras -- their local Scout troop -- plans to crown its next queen with a hat of feathers, the girls band together to fight for birds.
In this interview, Ope and I talked about her start as a freelance editor and why she decided to move from book publishing to online publishing. We also discussed how she balances working full-time as an editor with writing regularly.
In Julie Flett's Birdsong, a young girl, Katherena, and her mother move from their home in the city to one in the countryside. The mother and daughter adjust to the move as spring warms into summer. The girl, a budding artist, loses her desire to create until she meets a fellow artist.
30 middle-grade books about death, including the death of a parent or both, death of a friend, or even the death of pet, beloved teacher, or grandparent.
In The Silence Between Us, Maya who is Deaf, has to move across the country to Colorado just before senior year. As if that isn't bad enough, she's moving from a hearing-impaired school to a hearing school. Maya lost her hearing at age 13 after an illness, so she can speak -- she just can't hear.
In Paula Yoo's Good Enough, high school senior Patti Yoon is preparing to retake the SATs after failing to make her Korean proud with her 2010 score. It doesn't help that she's also lost her concertmaster position at the All-State Orchestra. Both "failures" are conversation fodder at her Korean church where she also plays music.
In most of the books I've listed below, the main characters are practicing Muslims, some even donning the hijab. Some of these books show the challenges teens face as a result of culture. Others show the struggles resulting from Islamophobia. But many of them just show teens living their lives in the 21st century.
Some Places More Than Others has been on my TBR since the second I heard about it. It felt a bit like a dream come true to see that Kindle pre-order come through! It totally lived up to my expectations.
Anwuli Ojogwu, Co-founder of Narrative Landscape Press on her path to co-founding an independent publishing firm and her work as an editor. We also discussed the challenges the small Nigerian press faces, her mission to standardize Nigerian editorial rates, and advice for budding editors.
Well, That Was Awkward is a humorous middle-grade Cyrano De Bergerac retelling set in NYC. Perfect for all lovers of humor books and middle school drama.