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review 2018-07-08 07:31
The 57 Bus
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives - Dashka Slater

WOW. I live in the Bay Area, and I had never heard this story. The book was recommended to me by a classmate and I started reading it today a little skeptically. It ended up being so good though.


The book tackles some really big topics (including gender identity, hate crimes, racial bias in the judicial system), and it easily could have become a huge mess. But Slater handles the story well. Occasionally bits are overwritten, but the book never becomes salacious or feels exploitative.

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review 2018-03-17 22:32
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison is a genius! I can not wait to provide this text to young readers in my future classroom. This book showcases powerful women of color. This is truly a text deserving of awards and accolades. The illustrations are gorgeous and the content is powerful. I could see myself using this book for Social Studies and and English Language Arts!


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review 2018-03-05 20:28
Goodbye, Vitamin
Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong

This is a SVR 2018 book. A copy was available on Overdrive, and I needed a desk book. 


I kept getting pulled out of the story at the beginning because I kept having to Google things. Can people who are allergic to NSAIDs take aspirin? What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein? 


But once I settled into the story, the book read very quickly. It might have read a little too quickly? At the end I didn't feel like a year had passed. The book also ended quite abruptly. I would have liked a little more resolution. 


ETA: There were times where I was reading, and it was like seeing my family on the page. That doesn't happen too often, and I like when it does.

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review 2018-03-02 16:53
The Prince and the Dressmaker
The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang

This book is very white. Way way whiter than I was expecting. Also, what was with the "flower of the orient" part at the beginning? I almost stopped reading there, but luckily the book gets better as it goes along. I don't think it lived up to the hype though. 

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review 2018-03-02 00:24
Authority: A Novel - Jeff VanderMeer

When I started Authority I liked it just because it's so "normal" compared to Annihilation. Then I realized it's twice as long as Annihilation and nothing happens until the very end.


Authority wasn't good enough to hold my interest in the series so I'm stopping here.

(I read a summary of Acceptance... I think that's the last book and it seems like nothing happens in that one as well?)

(spoiler show)

I waffled on including this under my Diversity on the Shelf tag. I did in the end, but I'm unhappy that Vandermeer went out of his way to write non-white characters but seemingly didn't fight for the casting of non-white actors in those roles for the film.

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