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Review | Efrén Divided

Review | Efrén Divided

In Efrén Divided, Efrén’s life changes drastically after his mother gets deported. With his father working long hours to care for the family financially and also raise funds to bring his mother back to the States, Efrén has to take charge of the home front. He cares for his younger twin siblings, Max and Mia, while balancing schoolwork and school politics as well as his issues with his best friend, David.

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An Interview with Jessica Kim, Author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung

An Interview with Jessica Kim, Author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung

Author Jessica Kim's debut novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung is especially close to my heart. Yumi, the book's young heroine wants to be a stand up comic, but her immigrant Korean parents want a different path for her. When Yumi ends up in a comedy camp as a result of mistaken identity, she grabs the [...]

Author Janae Marks on Writing About an Incarcerated Parent, Friendships, and Baking — Plus, Advice for Writers

Author Janae Marks on Writing About an Incarcerated Parent, Friendships, and Baking — Plus, Advice for Writers

Author Janae Marks' debut novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington is one of my most anticipated 2020 middle-grade books. Thankfully, I read an ARC and LOVED it! Today, I'm speaking with Janae about why she wrote about an incarcerated parent, middle-school friendships, and her most valued advice for writers. She also shares four of [...]