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What’s in my Ear? My #FridayListens #Diversity


Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I’ve said it on Twitter. I think this is Perkins’ magnus opum. What a beautiful portrayal of a Southeast Indian family’s life as they struggle with each other, old family values, and the need to fit in (or not) in modern New York. So much love. A cross-cultural gem.  I had the pleasure of meeting the author a couple of years ago at KidLitCon Baltimore. She’s just lovely. Her book Tiger Boy helped me look at tigers completely differently. Here’s my review.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta

I’m 300% over the moon excited that Ms. Uwiringiyimana (MUST. PRACTICE. LAST NAME. TO IMPRESS) will be joining us at KidLitCon 2017 in November! woooooo!!! If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a refugee is like or the life of a war child or anything like that, How Dare the Sun Rise is the book for you. Not only is it an excellent indication of the racial divide within the African American community, it also speaks to the lack of substantive support immigrants receive when entering this country. Striking similarities between this and Perkins’ book.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Not sure how accurate a depiction of baby jail is or of a girls group home, but WOW is this story punching me in the gut. A very young girl is accused of killing the baby her mother is babysitting. That’s all I’ll say.

All of these titles are eligible for the Diversity Reading Challenge. I hope you’ll put one or all of them on your TBR list.


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Code Switching and The Hate U Give: A Discussion

Do you know what code switching is? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a realistic depiction of it in the African American community.  I was intrigued by it and thought I’d have a go at sharing my thoughts out about them both.

As a person of color have you engaged in code switching? Tell me how in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


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2017 Diversity Reading Challenge: How’d You Do in March?

So March has come and gone; let’s check in and see how we did in the Diversity Reading Challenge, ok? Here’s what I read:

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. My review is here.

Wonderful You: An Adoption Story by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Meilo So. You’ll find my review here.

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Illustrated by Pirkko Vainio. Find the review here.

Bud Not Buddy counts as a book written by or for African American young men. Adoption, unfortunately isn’t one of the topics of this year’s Diversity Reading Challenge but since the family depicted in the book are brown skinned we will assume they are people of color; so it counts. I also think adoption counts as diversity. And finally, a book containing an Asian main character is satisfied with Rock Maiden, which is about a Chinese family.

How’d you do? Share your titles with me, I’d love to hear them.



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The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Illustrated by Pirkko Vainio

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home–only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded?

Oh this was such a lovely tale. I don’t want to be a spoiler but this is one of those times when you need the book to have a happy ending. Perfect for when you’re studying Asian cultures but also perfect when you need a lovely picture book. There isn’t really any time that this book wouldn’t be appropriate. Highly recommend for Diversity Reading Challenge.

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2017 #DiversityReadingChallenge-February How Did You Do?

Time for a check up. How is your diversity reading going? Let’s see how I did in February.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Oh Oh Oh I loved this book so HARD!!

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Counts as an LGBT main character #7. Kinda like You’ve got Mail
for YA.

I can’t believe I didn’t tell you about it?

Go get it NOW.

I read a few other books but they were of the grown up variety and not appropriate for An Unconventional Librarian.

So that’s it for Feb.What did you read?