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

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Volume 1)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Volume 1)
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 482
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN 10: 1368054412
ISBN 13: 9781368054416
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Volume 1) Book Review:

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods. Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

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?

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.

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.

Punching Air 03

Punching Air 03
Author: N.A
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1176569226
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Punching Air 03 Book Review:

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (Volume 2)

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (Volume 2)
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Publsiher: Disney Electronic Content
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1368068022
ISBN 13: 9781368068024
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (Volume 2) Book Review:

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in the New York Times best-selling and award-winning Tristan Strong trilogy by Kwame Mbalia. Tristan Strong, just back from a victorious but exhausting adventure in Alke, the land of African American folk heroes and African gods, is suffering from PTSD. But there's no rest for the weary when his grandmother is abducted by a mysterious villain out for revenge. Tristan must return to Alke--and reunite with his loud-mouthed sidekick, Gum Baby--in order to rescue Nana and stop the culprit from creating further devastation. Anansi, now a ""web developer"" in Tristan's phone, is close at hand to offer advice, and several new folk heroes will aid Tristan in his quest, but he will only succeed if he can figure out a way to sew broken souls back together.

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Publsiher: Tor Teen
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN 10: 125031531X
ISBN 13: 9781250315311
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Song Below Water Book Review:

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism. In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment. Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all. “An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Internment

Internment
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-03-19
ISBN 10: 031652266X
ISBN 13: 9780316522663
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Internment Book Review:

An instant New York Times bestseller! "Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent."--Entertainment Weekly Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

The Summer We Found the Baby

The Summer We Found the Baby
Author: Amy Hest
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 1536211907
ISBN 13: 9781536211900
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Summer We Found the Baby Book Review:

Set during World War II, this poignant, briskly paced historical novel relays the events of one extraordinary summer from three engaging points of view. On the morning of the dedication of the new children’s library in Belle Beach, Long Island, eleven-year-old Julie Sweet and her six-year-old sister, Martha, find a baby in a basket on the library steps. At the same time, twelve-year-old Bruno Ben-Eli is on his way to the train station to catch the 9:15 train into New York City. He is on an important errand for his brother, who is a soldier overseas in World War II. But when Bruno spies Julie, the same Julie who hasn’t spoken to him for sixteen days, heading away from the library with a baby in her arms, he has to follow her. Holy everything, he thinks. Julie Sweet is a kidnapper. Of course, the truth is much more complicated than the children know in this heartwarming and beautifully textured family story by award-winning author Amy Hest. Told in three distinct voices, each with a different take on events, the novel captures the moments and emotions of a life-changing summer — a summer in which a baby gives a family hope and brings a community together.

A Sliver of Stardust

A Sliver of Stardust
Author: Marissa Burt
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN 10: 0062291572
ISBN 13: 9780062291578
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Sliver of Stardust Book Review:

From Marissa Burt, author of Storybound, comes a richly imagined middle grade fantasy loosely inspired by the rhymes of Mother Goose. Full of magic and mystery, A Sliver of Stardust is the perfect adventure for fans of A Wrinkle in Time or The Emerald Atlas. Wren Matthews thought she’d outgrown nursery rhymes a long time ago. But that was before she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds were the key to an ancient, hidden magic. Wren’s discovery catapults her into a world of buried secrets, strange dreams, and a mountain fortress under an aurora-filled sky. But just as she starts to master her unique abilities, her new world begins to crumble around her . . . and only she can save it.

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

Not If I Save You First

Not If I Save You First
Author: Ally Carter
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-03-27
ISBN 10: 1338134167
ISBN 13: 9781338134162
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Not If I Save You First Book Review:

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone. No Iinternet. And not a single word from Logan. Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full. Until Logan shows up six years later . . . And Maddie wants to kill him. But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly. Maddie still really wants to kill Logan. But she has to save him first.

Dear Girls

Dear Girls
Author: Ali Wong
Publsiher: Canongate Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-10-17
ISBN 10: 1838850430
ISBN 13: 9781838850432
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dear Girls Book Review:

The New York Times bestseller Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mum in a male-dominated profession and how she trapped their dad. In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women and why you never see new mum comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads. The sharp insights and humour are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco and parenting war stories. Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving and enlightening (and gross) for all.

The Hard Times

The Hard Times
Author: Matt Saincome,Bill Conway,Krissy Howard
Publsiher: Mariner Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0358022371
ISBN 13: 9780358022374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hard Times Book Review:

A sharp, comedic send-up of punk and hardcore culture, from the creators of the popular and critically-lauded satire site The Hard Times.net.

A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius
Author: Philip Rucker,Carol Leonnig
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-01-21
ISBN 10: 198487750X
ISBN 13: 9781984877505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Very Stable Genius Book Review:

The instant #1 bestseller. “This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date." - Dwight Garner, The New York Times Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications. “I alone can fix it.” So went Donald J. Trump’s march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump’s first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump’s North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy. Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as well as the president’s own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history. This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America’s democracy and its common heart as a nation.

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN 10: 0062820273
ISBN 13: 9780062820273
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Felix Ever After Book Review:

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle.... But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

Cannibal

Cannibal
Author: Safiya Sinclair
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2016-09
ISBN 10: 0803295367
ISBN 13: 9780803295360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannibal Book Review:

Colliding with and confronting The Tempest and postcolonial identity, the poems in Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile. She evokes a home no longer accessible and a body at times uninhabitable, often mirrored by a hybrid Eve/Caliban figure. Blooming with intense lyricism and fertile imagery, these full-blooded poems are elegant, mythic, and intricately woven. Here the female body is a dark landscape; the female body is cannibal. Sinclair shocks and delights her readers with her willingness to disorient and provoke, creating a multitextured collage of beautiful and explosive poems.