Punching the Air

Punching the Air
Author: Ibi Zoboi,Yusef Salaam
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 0062996509
ISBN 13: 9780062996503
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Punching the Air Book Review:

From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo. The story that I thought was my life didn’t start on the day I was born Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white. The story that I think will be my life starts today Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it? With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-08-27
ISBN 10: 0399187375
ISBN 13: 9780399187377
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich Book Review:

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed. Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem. Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer's end, Ebony-Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars. A New York Times Bestseller

American Street

American Street
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-02-14
ISBN 10: 0062473069
ISBN 13: 9780062473066
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Street Book Review:

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! A New York Times Notable Book * Publishers Weekly Flying Start * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner) * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * BookPage Best YA Book of the Year American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Long Way Down

Long Way Down
Author: Jason Reynolds
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-10-13
ISBN 10: 1534444971
ISBN 13: 9781534444973
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Long Way Down Book Review:

Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff. Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are THE RULES: No. 1: Crying. Don’t. No matter what. No. 2: Snitching Don’t. No matter what. No. 3: Revenge Do. No matter what. But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows to follow the rules…

The Sea Ringed World

The Sea Ringed World
Author: María García Esperón
Publsiher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-02-23
ISBN 10: 1646140168
ISBN 13: 9781646140169
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sea Ringed World Book Review:

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories. Author María García Esperón, illustrator Amanda Mijangos, and translator David Bowles have gifted us a treasure. Their talents have woven this collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents—the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it—from the edge of Argentina all the way up to Alaska. The Em Querido list seeks to introduce the finest books in translation from around the world to an American audience. We feel lucky to be bringing you this book on our inaugural list, which we hope will be a true window and mirror

Pride

Pride
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-09-18
ISBN 10: 0062564072
ISBN 13: 9780062564078
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pride Book Review:

Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street. Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding. But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all. In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry
Author: Marilyn Nelson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2014-01-14
ISBN 10: 1101635398
ISBN 13: 9781101635391
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How I Discovered Poetry Book Review:

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America’s most celebrated poets. Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement. A first-person account of African-American history, this is a book to study, discuss, and treasure.

The Last Mirror on the Left

The Last Mirror on the Left
Author: Lamar Giles
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN 10: 0358130433
ISBN 13: 9780358130437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Mirror on the Left Book Review:

In this new Legendary Alston Boys adventure from Edgar-nominated author Lamar Giles, Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by. Unlike the majority of Logan County's residents, Missus Nedraw of the Rorrim Mirror Emporium remembers the time freeze from The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, and how Otto and Sheed took her mirrors without permission in order to fix their mess. Usually that’s an unforgivable offense, punishable by a million-year sentence. However, she’s willing to overlook the cousins’ misdeeds if they help her with a problem of her own. One of her worst prisoners has escaped, and only the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County can help bring the fugitive to justice. This funny and off-the-wall adventure is perfect for readers of Jonathan Auxier and Lemony Snicket.

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 320
Release: 1998-11-12
ISBN 10: 0679462716
ISBN 13: 9780679462712
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into Thin Air Book Review:

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp
Author: Josh Plattner
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2015-08
ISBN 10: 1629698709
ISBN 13: 9781629698700
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mantis Shrimp Book Review:

Check out the marvelous Mantis Shrimp! Kids will find out about its superpower and how it is the Master of Punching. They will also learn about its weird eyes and discover the difference between spearers and smashers. Readers can decide for themselves what kind of superhero a mantis shrimp could be! Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Super Sandcastle is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Who Put This Song On

Who Put This Song On
Author: Morgan Parker
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-09-24
ISBN 10: 0525707522
ISBN 13: 9780525707523
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Put This Song On Book Review:

"Unflinchingly irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartbreakingly honest." —Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X In the vein of powerful reads like The Hate U Give and Girl in Pieces, comes poet Morgan Parker's pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored. Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she's in therapy. She can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too. Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat--and it's telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself? Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, this incredible debut by award-winning poet Morgan Parker will make readers stand up and cheer for a girl brave enough to live life on her own terms--and for themselves. "Morgan Parker put THIS song on--and I hope it never turns off." —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out "It's perfect." --Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. "A funny, clever, wild ride of a story about growing up and breaking free." —Kirkus, starred

This Is My America

This Is My America
Author: Kim Johnson
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2020-07-28
ISBN 10: 0593118782
ISBN 13: 9780593118788
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Is My America Book Review:

"Incredible and searing." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present? Fans of Nic Stone, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Jason Reynolds won't want to miss this provocative and gripping debut.

Paper Gods

Paper Gods
Author: Goldie Taylor
Publsiher: All Points Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN 10: 1250194458
ISBN 13: 9781250194459
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paper Gods Book Review:

The mayor of Atlanta and a washed-up reporter investigate a series of assassinations, and uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city's political machine. Mayor Victoria Dobbs Overstreet is a Harvard-trained attorney and Spelman alum, married to a celebrated heart surgeon, mother to beautiful twin girls, and a political genius. When her mentor, ally, and friend Congressman Ezra Hawkins is gunned down in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Victoria finds a strange piece of origami–a “paper god”–tucked inside his Bible. These paper gods turn up again and again, always after someone is killed. Someone is terrorizing those who are close to Mayor Dobbs, and she can't shake the feeling that the killer is close to her, too. "A moving and unflinching portrait of a city and its many layers of power...Taylor has created a hero we see all too rarely: black, female, powerful." —Tim Teeman, Senior Editor of The Daily Beast "From buttermilk fried okra to bibles and bullets, the story comes out the gate moving and never lets up.” —Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Woman

The Light Between Worlds

The Light Between Worlds
Author: Laura Weymouth
Publsiher: Chicken House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2018-11
ISBN 10: 1911490680
ISBN 13: 9781911490685
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Light Between Worlds Book Review:

Six years ago, schoolgirls Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept from a war-time bunker to a fantasy kingdom. Now almost grown-up, they've returned to the real world, but grieving Evie will do almost anything to go back to the magical Woodlands that holds her heart ...

The Devil and Elijah Muhammad

The Devil and Elijah Muhammad
Author: Yusef Salaam
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2016-11-28
ISBN 10: 149904710X
ISBN 13: 9781499047103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Devil and Elijah Muhammad Book Review:

African Studies/Theatre/Religion/History Break-ins, vandalism, hostility between two of Elijah Muhammads top lieutenants, and now message pads are missing from Muhammads office in his Chicago headquarters: The J. Edgar Hoover-led FBI is the primary suspect. There are plots and plotters, heroes who could be villains, victims who just might be perpetrators, suspects, betrayalsall stirred to an intriguing boil in this absorbing new play. Eric Coleman, actor, director New York Beacon Your award-winning short stories, articlesare a testament to the outstanding contributions you have made over the years. Congressman Charles B. Rangel Eldon Bullock brought insightful perspective with his role inpresenting the inner turmoil experienced by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, including his unspoken respect for Malcolm X since their split. Liberata Dance Theatre New Salaam play reading at the Schomburg Center is riveting. Herb Boyd, biographer New York Amsterdam News Yusef Salaam writes passionately about the African-American experience. New York State Senator Bill Perkins

History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Publsiher: Soho Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-01-17
ISBN 10: 1616956933
ISBN 13: 9781616956936
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History Is All You Left Me Book Review:

"This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past. When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes
Author: Elissa R. Sloan
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2020-09-01
ISBN 10: 0063009455
ISBN 13: 9780063009455
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes Book Review:

“The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes is a page-turning peek inside the glamour and brutality of life as a pop star. Sloan takes us on a wild ride through the world of music video shoots, expensive hotels, and arena tours—showing us the darkness that threatens just below the surface.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and The Six “I didn't know I was waiting for a smart, literary writer to craft a novel about the rise and fall of a teen star akin to Britney Spears until I discovered The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes. A witty, bright, hilarious—and at times devastating—read. I loved it." —Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters Cassidy Holmes isn't just a celebrity. She is “Sassy Gloss,” the fourth member of the hottest pop group America has ever seen. Hotter than Britney dancing with a snake, hotter than Christina getting dirrty, Gloss was the pop act that everyone idolized. Fans couldn't get enough of them, their music, and the drama that followed them like moths to a flame—until the group’s sudden implosion in 2002. And at the center of it all was Sassy Cassy, the Texan with a signature smirk that had everyone falling for her. But now she's dead. Suicide. The world is reeling from this unexpected news, but no one is more shocked than the three remaining Glossies. Fifteen years ago, Rose, Merry, and Yumi had been the closest to Cassidy, and this loss is hitting them hard. Before the group split, they each had a special bond with Cassidy—truths they told, secrets they shared. But after years apart, each of them is wondering: what could they have done? Told in multiple perspectives—including Cassidy herself—and different timelines, this is a behind-the-scenes look into the rise and fall of a pop icon, and a penetrating examination of the dark side of celebrity and the industry that profits from it.

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak
Author: Robert Beatty
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-07-14
ISBN 10: 148471511X
ISBN 13: 9781484715116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Review:

"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul." Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate.There's plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity...before all of the children vanish one by one. Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

SHOUT

SHOUT
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-03-12
ISBN 10: 0698195264
ISBN 13: 9780698195264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SHOUT Book Review:

A New York Times bestseller and one of 2019's best-reviewed books, a poetic memoir and call to action from the award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson! Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Described as "powerful," "captivating," and "essential" in the nine starred reviews it's received, this must-read memoir is being hailed as one of 2019's best books for teens and adults. A denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts, SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

WORDS of a MAN

WORDS of a MAN
Author: Yusef Salaam
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-05-30
ISBN 10: 9780979693021
ISBN 13: 0979693020
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

WORDS of a MAN Book Review:

WORDS of a MAN is a selection of poems written by transformational speaker, Yusef Salaam, during his wrongful incarceration (1987-1995) in connection with the Central Park Jogger case. The case attracted nationwide attention and was the subject of many articles and books, both during and after the trials. Convictions were overturned when the real rapist - a since convicted murderer serving a life sentence - confessed to the crimes and proved to be a DNA match. Ten years later, documentarian Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon released the award-winning film, The Central Park Five, which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts.. These writings - addressing a wide range of subjects from the justice system, to love, and black life in general - helped to get a young Yusef Salaam through several years of unjust imprisonment. He hopes they will be a source of inspiration for others - especially young men of color.