So we get a new cover from Bloomsbury. Do we get an end to an ugly practice? We need to demonstrate that POC titles have wide appeal so blog brown, people. Several months ago we began a challenge to champion reading and blogging brown.
This year, I'm participating in Women Unbound, South Asian Authors, GLBT: The Challenge that Dare Not Speak It's Name, Social Justice and Young Adult Challenge. And thanks to Pam, we have the POC Challenge.
Now for our featured reviews:
Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan. I reviewed this title at Black-Eyed Susan's.
Zetta questions why women willingly embrace restrictions placed on them by their religion and culture. Like Zetta, I’m very interested to learn how teen girls would interpret this story. There are great comments and observations at Fledgling. Do check them out.
I read this and like Doret, I see Jameela in the context of her circumstances and culture. I think the writer gives an honest and realistic, and in a modern setting by the way a view of how some Muslim women see themselves.
Ali writes "Best Kept Secrets" at Worducopia. In anticipation of first-time readers here, I'm cheating a bit and featuring links to posts that highlight multiple books. I want to take away the excuse that you don't know how to find good multicultural lit.
When the Black Girl Sings, by Bil Wright*. I loved the backdrop of transracial adoption and music in this one.
Award Winners (children titles) spotlighted at Fledgling. I know, not a review but these are exemplary titles that deserve checking out.
the honor award went to Tanita S. Davis for Mare’s War, which is a story that still lingers in my mind. Fellow WAGW panelist Kekla Magoon won the John Steptoe New Talent Award for The Rock and the River .
What have you read lately? What do you recommend? Send me CMB links at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put CMB on the subject line.