Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Synopsis "Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents. Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents … Continue reading Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Synopsis "Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what is now the Southwest US, called the land of the cranes. They left Aztlan to establish … Continue reading Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Synopsis "Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Synopsis "Camino Rios lives for the summers, when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this year, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people... In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother … Continue reading Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

2020 Favorites ~ Children’s, Middle Grade, and Teen

Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com Hello bookworms! This week I thought it would be fun to do a few roundup posts of some of my favorite reads from this year. Today I'll be starting with Children's, Middle Grade, and Teen books. These were some of my favorites, in no particular order... Children's Books Sulwe … Continue reading 2020 Favorites ~ Children’s, Middle Grade, and Teen

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib

Synopsis "Malaka's upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigates her childhood chasing her parents' ideals, … Continue reading I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Synopsis "Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, … Continue reading Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

Synopsis "In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted . . . and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger … Continue reading The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Synopsis "After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find - her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about … Continue reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown

Synopsis "When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theater. Instead he decided to redefine what ‘culture’ could — and should — mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, ‘I am culture.’  Karamo believes that … Continue reading Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown