Review: The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Reviewed by Racha Kassir The Turtle of Oman recounts how a third grader Omani boy named Aref refuses to move with his parents from Oman to the U.S. Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while they obtain their doctorate degrees. Aref gives his mom a hard time while packing. No matter how large the suitcase,…

Review: The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Reviewed by Ali Larson Unhei is worried nobody will like her at her new school, especially with a name that’s so difficult to pronounce. Does she need a new name? Unhei is filled with anxiety on her first day of school in America. It only gets worse as students on the bus tease her about…

Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Review by Emily Naik Priyanka, an Indian-American high schooler, is filled with wonder. She wonders why her mother left India. She wonders why her mother never talks about her father, and she wonders if she will ever be able to travel to Rajastran. As Priyanka attempts to connect to her heritage, readers are invited alongside…

Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Reviewed by Katie Green Do not read anything else about this book before you read it! More Happy Than Not was a completely delightful surprise that you do not want spoiled. This young adult novel addresses the heavy topics of suicide, teenage sexuality, and death. Aaron Soto is an irresistible protagonist: his voice keeps the…