Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star […]
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Raincoast Books
Mitali Perkins brings to life three generations of Bengali women who wade through societal pressure and parental expectations to grow their own happiness. When we first meet Sonia and Tara Das, they are on the plane on their way to New York from London where they spent their younger years. Tara is the elder sister and the apple of her mother’s eyes, being more conventionally beautiful. Sonia, on the other hand, is more outspoken, more like her father, and more likely to rebel against what everyone wants her to be and do. She especially doesn’t get along with her mother who, she feels, keeps trying to shove her into a role defined by the patriarchy that she has no interest in playing.
Tara has aspirations of being an actor while Sonia is extremely smart. The reader journeys with them from Flushing, New York to New Jersey through a sudden death that rips a family and a decision that estranges Sonia from her mother. We meet the grandchildren, Sonia’s daughter Chantal and Tara’s daughter, Anna, and we revisit with Ranee, their grandmother who becomes more fleshed out and more present in the latter half of the story.
Unlike other sweeping sagas that follow many generations, You Bring the Distant Near is a quick paced romp that will be sure to entertain its target readers. The novel brings to the forefront many contemporary issues such as race, religion, and culture, delving into what it means to be immigrant and what it means to be hapa. It touches upon patriotism and even includes Islamophobia. Told with a lot of heart and humour, the novel will have readers chuckling at times and crying at others. You Bring the Distant Near is a story about the relationships between sisters, between mothers and daughters, and between women. I recommend it.
I got asked to review a Daily Planner for kids released by National Geographic Kids. As the title suggests, it is full of weird but true facts about the world. The colours are bright and vibrant, there is plenty of space to write and doodle in, and the general conclusion is that of a very […]
Hardcover, 248 pages Published May 2nd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher This is going to be an extremely short review. Seriously: A sudden rebellion destructs the relative peace holding together the worlds and invites chaos to reign supreme. Only a not very good sanddancer and her two sidekicks, one of them […]
I’m invisible. Ma says I’m supposed to be so the Authorities don’t get me. She goes out into the streets almost every day but I’m not allowed. I’ve got to stay inside the mill so they don’t see me. In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of […]
Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk […]
Hardcover, 400 pages Expected publication: September 15th 2017 by Tu Books Source: Author Today is the release day of one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Rebel Seoul brings to fictional life a place I have previously only seen in Kdramas and it does so with verve and flair. Before I launch into a […]
For many years the four Fitzgerald-Trout children — Kim, Kimo, Pippa, and Toby — lived happily in the little green car in the parking lot beside the beach. But all that came to an end one Saturday when the sun rose over the ocean and its light shone through the windshield of the car where […]
Paperback, 400 pages Published September 12th 2017 by First Second Source: Publisher Spinning, Tillie Walden’s memoir, focuses particularly on the years she spent as a figure skater while in middle and high school. The book starts off in New Jersey and then moves to Texas when Tillie’s family relocates there for reasons the reader is not made privy […]
Bear waits for his friend Goliath for a long time, even when others doubt he’ll show up. This is a warm and surprising story about waiting for a friend whose identity is a surprise! What a simple, gentle, lovely book! Bear is waiting for his best friend Goliath, who is strong and smart and smells […]
All books were review copies provided by publisher The Escapades of Clint McCool: Octo-Man and the Headless Monster by Jane Kelly and illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner I did not like this one at all. The kid was annoying and the fact that no one seemed to think of punish him for his actions upset […]