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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

I love the premise of this book because it challenges everything you think you know about Black people: that they don’t ride horses (except cowboys). But in Riding Chance, Troy is sent to stables to care for horses rather than a juvenile detention facility. Imagine what a shock being around horses must be for an inner city teen? But then he’s forced to learn how to ride and play polo. How awesome is that? That he has to learn to deal with horses and his own prejudices against people who play polo? What an interesting concept.

 

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

I love the premise of this book because it challenges everything you think you know about Black people: that they don’t ride horses (except cowboys). But in Riding Chance, Troy is sent to stables to care for horses rather than a juvenile detention facility. Imagine what a shock being around horses must be for an inner city teen? But then he’s forced to learn how to ride and play polo. How awesome is that? That he has to learn to deal with horses and his own prejudices against people who play polo? What an interesting concept.

 

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CYBILS Award Winner: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

CYBILS Award Winner:
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

 

I’m so ding dong excited to share this book with you! I’m not sure what’s going on with the book cover, but yeah this is THE book to read this year! The Walls Around Us is a speculative fiction YA book that will have you scratching your head early on. ¬†Scratching and and really using your lil ol noggin to figure out what the author is getting at. The book seems to be about ballerinas. But oh wait, then it’s about these young women in a juvenile detention facility. But then, the weird stuff starts happening.

And you’re like WHOA. Did I read this right? She did what? Where? Who’s story do I believe? What is REALLY going on at the juvenile detention facility? Are ballerinas really that¬†cruel? I’ve heard rumors that they are so, there’s another person I’ll want on my zombie apocalypse team. Think Mean Girls meets Orange is the New Black.

Here’s our commentary on the winner and the other contenders for the Speculative Fiction YA judging portion of Cybils.

And remind me to stay out of prison.