Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Crayons: What's New On Our Shelves

Remember when you were a kid and getting new crayons was a big deal? Getting new books holds the same kind of magic for some of us big kids. Every week on Sunday, I post what's new in our box. I think crayons is a pretty cool metaphor for multicultural lit. Every week we receive a booka t Color Online is a good week.

We received so many books that this week I'm blogging here and at Color Online about the wonderful donations we received. Check these out:

Michelle and First Family by Deborah Hopkins, illustrated by AG Ford. Mr. Ford is featured during the celebrated 28 Days series hosted by The Brown Book Shelf. Friend and illustrator, Don Tate sent us a box full of titles that I will be sharing with parents, educators and young readers. Thanks to all the authors and illustrators who shared with Don who in turn was generous to us.


The Adventures of Sili Page: The Case of Benjamin Laire by Dew Platt
Silli Page is no ordinary teenager with her sleepwalking and lucid daydreams. But when fifteen year old Benjamin Laire drops dead after a lab accident, she begins a new adventure in reality.

Legacy: The Becoming by Dew Platt. Eighteen-year-old Tutu Bade has it all going for her: a bright future, a loving family, and great friends. But what she inherits from her grandmother sends her life into a different direction. With a new supernatural awareness, when her best friend's cousin's death is labeled a suicide and the dead sixteen year old cries foul, she is thrown into an investigation.
Saw these at Reading In Color. I confess I was jealous. Listen, it helps to know Ari. Thanks Ari and Dew for sending us copies. Will be sharing these with the community.

Retaliation: What Would You Do If.... by Yasmin Shiraz. Saw an interview with the author at The Brown Bookshelf and wanted the book then. Thanks to the folks at Rolling Hills Press for sending us two copies. We will be connecting readers with Ms. Shiraz' work.
My novel Retaliation aims to shed light on how no one really wins when retaliation against others is the focus. I don’t think the general public realizes how violent girls and young women have become. The number of women incarcerated continues to grow annually at an alarming rate.

Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda. I've heard about this novel and I was psyched to get an ARC in the mail. I've been working on reading more titles with male leads and this looks like something this is going to be a satisfying read.
One of the great joys of this novel is in trying to figure out if Xing is a “reliable” narrator (in the grand tradition of Ishiguro and Highsmith), piecing together clues from what is said, or, more importantly, what is left unsaid. It’s a tricky, subtle high-wire act that Fukuda pulls off with the skill and élan of a seasoned novelist. Terry Goodman (Senior Acquisition Editor, AmazonEncore).

What did you get this week in the mail, at the book store or from the library this week? Drop a link at New Crayons at Color Online and you'll be entered in a monthly drawing for a book of your choice from the Prize Bucket.

1 comment:

MissAttitude said...

Hopefully my copy of crossing will be in the mailbox tomorrow, I will have to go check! Interesting that the mc is considered unreliable (like Micah in Liar), I've decided I love unreliable narrators so now I'm looking forward to it even more.

I'll be awaiting to hear what you think about Retilation since I first saw that on the Brown Bookshelf too and it sounded interesting.

And Dew wanted always planned on sending CO the books, nothing to do with me :)

Mr. tate seems like such a nice guy and all the books he sent look absolutely beautiful.