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: Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern

Review by Cristina Silva Gleason 10-year- old Gus is autistic and unable to communicate with those around him. He struggles to be understood and heard. Chester is a super smart but failed service dog candidate. Can he provide Gus and his family the answers they’ve been searching for? Chester and Gus is a heart-warming fantasy…

Review: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Review by Jennifer Langreck The commodification of the human body has been a central practice of imperial conquest, and Natives in North America are no strangers to this. In 1863, Minnesota State Treasurer Charles Schaff reported the purchase of a “Sioux Scalp” for $25.00. Similar cultural trauma is examined in the dystopian indigenous futurism novel…

Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Poppy, Zach, and Alice grew up imagining epic pirate battles and mermaids challenging sailors’ crossings under the watchful eye of The Queen. Using their imaginations to create a wonderous scenarios and their neighborhood, The Queen and all they are prohibited from, is the focal point of all their fun. But now Poppy, Zach, and Alice…

Deep Plunge Between the Lines: (Random Acts of) Kindness

Deep Plunge is a definitive commentary on key aspects of children’s and adolescent literature. Offered freely by Vernon the Reading Primate for the betterment of all reading primates everywhere, it reveals invaluable insights into how books work and why you should read them. Being kind to others is one of those (cross)cultural norms that seem…