Tag Archives: YA

Review: Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

HUDA F ARE YOU is a graphic memoir (albeit fictionalized) by Huda Fahmy that tackles identity, teen angst, family expectations, and friendship with earnest humor and empathetic introspection. With deeply moving scenes around self-doubt, fitting in, and the love between … Continue reading

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Review: ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL by Robin Ha

In ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, writer and illustrator Robin Ha shares a deeply personal journey of moving from Korea to the United States as she grapples with identity, harassment, and her relationship with her mother. The memoir starts off with a … Continue reading

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Review: In the Same Boat by Holly Green

This YA story is about one teen conquering a 265 mile paddling race called the Texas River Odyssey, but it’s also about relationships, forgiveness, pride, and perseverance. IN THE SAME BOAT is a phrase we’ve heard a lot over the … Continue reading

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Review: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Author Wai Chim’s THE SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING is a fantastic novel that addresses the typical conflicts and issues in Young Adult stories, but it adds layers that address racism, mental health, family dynamics, the immigrant experience, and … Continue reading

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Review: Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson’s second YA novel, RISE TO THE SUN, is a summery, dramatic, fun story that weaves serious emotional pain and challenges with a story about friendship, falling in love, and realizing one’s importance in the world. Told via alternating … Continue reading

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Review: Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE by Sabina Khan is a well-rounded novel that includes a wide-range of social justice issues including Islamophobia, immigrant issues, homophobia – especially in religious settings, gun violence, xenophobia, and more. Within those larger issues, Khan manages … Continue reading

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Review: Sisters of the War by Rania Abouzeid

SISTERS OF THE WAR by Rania Abouzeid is a non-fiction narrative about the horrific tragedies in Syria. It focuses on two girls, Ruha and Hanin, and their families who experience deep loss and painful experiences over years of war and … Continue reading

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Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

HUNTED BY THE SKY by Tanaz Bhathena grabs hold of its audience and refuses to let go. This extremely action-packed Young Adult (YA) novel begins with violence and turmoil, and the events cascade with abandon from there. Gul, one of … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

So I know I’m a few years late on this powerful novel, and it was just as riveting and clear and strong as I expected. It’s such a relief when a novel lives up to the hype. In many ways, … Continue reading

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Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU is Kristina Forest’s second YA novel, and it is a lively and enjoyable read appropriate for ages 12 and up. The novel follows Evie, an 18-year-old budding actor on the verge of stardom when a … Continue reading

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