Review: Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Reviewed by Lu Yang How would it feel if you were suddenly sent to a place that is totally culturally different? For California-born and raised 12-year old Mai, the trip to Vietnam seems like a perfect disaster. Especially that she has been looking forward to spending the summer at the beach. With her best girl…

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Review by James Parker “Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.” Angie Thomas’ novel, The Hate U Give, tells the story of Starr Carter, a young, black woman, and her friend Khalil. Known around her inner-city neighborhood as “Big Mav’s daughter”,…

The Fiesta Dress by Caren McNelly McCormack

Review by Ali Larson It’s finally the big day… it’s Lola’s big sister’s quinceañera! This means everyone is preparing for the big celebration. Tias (aunts) are cooking, tios (uncles) are decorating, damas (ladies) are dressing Eva in her beautiful gown, primos (cousins) are keeping busy playing video games, and even the perro (dog) is busy!…