Book review: Hurricane Boy and Ninth Ward

As my heart breaks watching coverage of Hurricane Harvey pummeling Texas–and I hold my breath that its impact here in New Orleans is minimal–I can’t help but remember that today is the 12-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a tense time of year for New Orleanians, especially those transplanted to places affected by the current…Continue reading Book review: Hurricane Boy and Ninth Ward

Book review: Sisters of the Revolution

Sometimes I forget how fulfilling it can be to read explicitly feminist writing. So I have been enjoying the heck out of Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Speculative fiction is a catch-all phrase for science fiction, fantasy, and other harder-to-classify writing with a fabulist “what-if” slant.…Continue reading Book review: Sisters of the Revolution

On meeting Angie Thomas

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, at our local SCBWI LA/MS JambaLAya conference. As you can see, I was fangirling a little bit, and I hadn’t even read her book yet! I still regret not making intelligent conversation at the signing or later,…Continue reading On meeting Angie Thomas

Book Review: The Hate U Give

Believe the hype. This book is as good as everybody says it is. From its elegant front cover to its subtly devastating back cover (of a barely visible, faceless, brown-skinned young man) this book had me riveted. Sixteen-year-old Starr attends a party she shouldn’t (her parents would freak) with a friend she barely knows anymore.…Continue reading Book Review: The Hate U Give

Book review: March

Happy African-American History Month! To celebrate, check out the #1 New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, winner of: National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, which recognizes an African American author of a book for kids Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young-adult literature…Continue reading Book review: March