{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

a known wow

In anticipation of World Book Night and the pleasure of handing out copies of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, Natalya read it for the first time. (And really, wouldn’t have handed it to her any earlier.) She handed it back to me, “Wow. I only have one word for thisContinue reading “a known wow”

8th grade super zero

8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola  Rhuday-Perkovich Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010 Hardcover, 336 pages Ages 10-14 (for best results) Thought this looked interesting and thought I would give it a try…and it is on my 2010 concenter list. Glad I did, I could not put this one down. Reginald Garvey McKnight would have preferredContinue reading “8th grade super zero”

Stork’s Death Warrior

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors By Francisco X. Stork Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010 344 pages, hardcover. When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony’s Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he’ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister’s killer. But then he’s assigned to helpContinue reading “Stork’s Death Warrior”


Marcelo in the Real World By Francisco X. Stork Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009 312 pages, hardcover. Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear — part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify — and he’s always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But theContinue reading “Marcelo”