The Samosa Rebellion

English MG Politics Oppression Racism Internment Rebellion SEL Activism Government Surveillance Immigration Shanthi Sekaran summary Did I pick up this book expecting a great read? Sure did. Did I expect it to blow my mind in the way that it did? Absolutely not. I love it when that happens. 12 year old narrator Muki lives…

Partly Cloudy

English & Creole MG SEL Family Friendship New Schools Forest Fires Racism Tanita S. Davis Cover Art: Geneva Bowers summary From Tanita S. Davis of Serena Says (which has a melodramatic and lovely narrator) comes Madalyn from Partly Cloudy. Madalyn really loves naps, and I appreciate that personality quirk. She’s moved in with her Great…

While I Was Away

English & Japanese MG & Up Asian-American Experience Japanese-American Own Voices Growing Up Family Language Learning SEL Waka T. Brown summary Waka is a Japanese-American sixth grader in rural Kansas in the 1980’s. At home, her family speaks Japanese almost exclusively, but Waka is behind in reading and writing in kanji. After a few incidents…

Latinitas

English & Spanish MG & Up english Juliet Menéndez summary I couldn’t let Women’s History Month end without featuring this incredible book! First of all, how gorgeous is this cover? I’m kind of obsessed with the limited color palette and over the moon to see how many countries are represented (helpfully with flags by the…

The Magic in Changing Your Stars

English MG Family Black Culture & Identity Harlem Renaissance Fantasy Time Travel Tap Dancing Leah Henderson Summary: This book is really clever, and I love the idea of time travel that other people remember. Ailey is a talented dancer, but he has an utterly crushing tryout for The Wiz. When Ailey talks with his Grampa…

The Sea in Winter

English MG & Up Indigenous Voices Mental health Depression Athleticism Dance Own Voices Christine Day Summary: The Sea in Winter is Christine Day’s latest, and it’s a lovely novel that broaches topics of mental health, blended families, and adapting to unexpected (and disliked) changes in life. Maisie is a ballerina, and healing from a torn…

This Book is Anti-Racist Journal

Written & Illustrated by:  Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand For ages: MG & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Sequels Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Anti-Racism Journal   Summary: Y’all, this book is FINALLY out in the world tomorrow. I’ve been impatiently awaiting it’s release for months, as soon as I heard it was being published. Anti-Racism…

Root Magic

Written & Illustrated by:  Eden Royce For ages: MG Language: English & some Gullah Topics Covered: History Own Voices Magic Police Harassment   Summary: If a book is about magic and/or witches, I’m definitely reading it. Root Magic is a beautiful blend of ancestral connection, growing self-confidence, and addresses racism and police harassment in addition to other…

Witches of Brooklyn

Written & Illustrated by: Sophie Escabasse For Ages: MG Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Adoption, Magic, Fantasy, Graphic Novel. Summary: Late one night, 11 year old Effie is handed over to her elderly aunt by protective services. Her mother has died, and spitfire Effie now finds herself in Brooklyn with two elderly women who are…

Amari and the Night Brothers

Written & Illustrated by:  B.B. Alston For ages: MG Language: English Topics Covered: Black Protagonists Women in STEM Fantasy Magic Single Parent Families Bravery Courage   Summary:  Ya’ll, especially after this past summer filled with gross transphobic tweets from JKR, I’ve been on the hunt for a Harry Potter replacement. Let me tell you, I’ve found…