A review of Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins

Reviewed by Ali Khan of The Simpson Street Free Press When confronting problems regarding race and ethnicity, many attempt to challenge stereotypes with protests, heated discussions, and even aggression. While these options may be effective, Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, edited by Mitali Perkins, uses a different tactic against racial prejudices—humor.Open Mic is not the average teen novel. Rather than share the perspective of just one author, it more

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February 24, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

In the first book of the upcoming Sky Chasers series, we find ourselves thrust into humanity's attempt to migrate to another habitable planet, New Earth, after our Earth's resources are exploited beyond repair. Waverly, a 15-year old member of the first generation born in deep space, does not know another environment other than the Empyrean, the ship she's been on her entire life. Waverly is caught up in the major decision of who to marry and have children with when the unthinkable happens: the more

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September 15, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Employing a unique format for telling one larger tale, the author separates two intriguing stories of deaf children, set 50 years apart, by using words to convey Ben's journey to find his father in New York after his mother passes away, and appropriately relying on pictures to tell Rose's silent quest to find a mysterious celebrity. When the stories finally intersect, the combination of words and pictures explode with emotional detail to reveal the circumstances that brought the two worlds more

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August 25, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Would you press a giant red button that fell from the sky encased within a meteorite? Ignoring the protests from Joseph, Zita pushes the button, opening a wormhole just long enough for the mechanized tendrils of the Screed to snatch Joseph and lead Zita on a chase through another world chasing the nasty alien and her friend. Along the way, Zita meets some imaginative and unusual alien allies who join the rescue effort. The illustrations in this graphic novel do a wondrous job conveying the more

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July 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Mike Martin, aka Mikey the Munchkin, is used to attracting attention from other students who find his vintage suits to be a bit abnormal for daily high school attire. But when Mikey finds himself attracting the unsolicited attention of Jon Brande, the school drug dealer and his older sister’s newest boyfriend, he has to choose whether to pay up or run his mouth as usual. Luckily for Mikey, he has made friends with the new kid, Shayne Blank, who has the moral foundation and martial arts more

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April 28, 2011 | 0 comments