Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Crayons

New Crayons is a meme hosted by susan at Color Online. New Crayons is a metaphor for multicultural literature and in this meme I discuss what new books I got this week. This week was all about quality not quantity (meaning books that I REALLY REALLY wanted), books that I've had on my wishlist and/or WoWd.

By the way, for those of you wondering, the publishing project will be resumed in June. I had to pause the project while I was in school, but school is over in two weeks and then I fully intend on researching the company that publishes the most diverse books.

From Book Fairy #1

Tell Us We're Home by Marina Budhos

Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frapp - s and complaining about the other kids. But there's one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for.

That difference grows even bigger—and more painful—when Jaya's mother is accused of theft and Jaya's small, fragile world collapses.

When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three girls are tested, as outsiders—and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.

-I believe Jaya is Polish, Lola is Trinidadian and Maria is Mexican. Jaya is Trinidadian, Lola is Slovakian and Maria is Mexican (thanks Lyn for clearing that up since I was way off!)This novel sounds like it will be a good combination of friendship, heartache and (in)justice. I haven't seen many reviews of it but I WoWd it a little while ago after hearing about it from Kris at Voracious YAppetite. Thank you Lyn!

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

-Oh boy, sounds like a tearjerker for sure. Sharon Draper is one of my favorite authors so I'm really anxious to read this one. I haven't seen it reviewed much either except at Eating Y.A. Books. Thanks so much Lyn :)

From Book Fairy #3

Sellout by Ebony Joy Wilkins

Release Date: July 1, 2010

NaTasha has a wonderful life in affluent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she's a member of the all-white ballet troupe. Being nearly the only African American in her school doesn't bother NaTasha. But it bothers Tilly, NaTasha's spitfire grandmother from Harlem, who decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots or her granddaughter is in danger of losing herself completely. Tilly whisks NaTasha away to a world where all of a sudden nothing in NaTasha's life makes any sense: Harlem and Comfort Zone in the Bronx, a crisis center where Tilly volunteers her time to help troubled girls get on the right track. Girls who are completely unlike anyone NaTasha has ever encountered. These girls are rough, beautiful, streetwise, sure of themselves, and wield their secrets like knives--and they dislike NaTasha and her world of privilege with a passion.

If there is ever a time when NaTasha feels like running away from something, now is it. But she doesn't. She stands her ground. And what she discovers surprises everyone, especially NaTasha.

-Dancer? check. "Oreo"? check. Volunteering? check. The makings of some really god realistic fiction? You bet. I WoWd this one about a month ago and I was bemoaning the fact that I had to wait till July to read it. Now I have it and I'm ridculosuly excited. Thank you so much Colleen! I'll probably save my review of this book for closer to the release date but I'll be reading it very soon :D

All summaries from

So what POC books did you get this week? Have a great weekend (it's finally warm here in the city)!


  1. I got Bleeding Violet and finally got my copy of Wench that I bought in February (I wanted the author to sign it, but she couldn't make it to writers weeks, but she made it this month and I loved her talk)

    I got books by Kazuo Ishiguro, but judging from the cover, the story isn't about PoCs.

    I bought some PoC books a while ago... I should start doing this meme so I can keep track of the books I get. @_@

  2. I can't wait to read Tell Us We're Home. I hope you enjoy it and I'll be sure to look for your review.

  3. omg Tell Us We're Home. I am sooooooo jealous.

    lol I found The Great Call of China in the library this week. Looking forward to it.

  4. In Tell Us We're Home, Jaya is from Trinidad, Lola is from Slovakia, and Maria is Mexican. I'm working on my review, which I have to finish by the end of the month. I have a review of Out of My Mind going into the summer issue of MultiCultural Review. I'm sorry to hear it hasn't been reviewed in many places, but we'll take care of that. :-)

  5. Tell us We're Home and Out of My Mind both sound fantastic. I've seen Out of My Mind in book orders, but I hadn't heart of Tell Us We're Home. Gonna had that one to my "buy it" list!

  6. Just one so far and I can't wait to start it - Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.

  7. Sell-Out sounds fabulous - I'm going to keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the rec!

  8. @Najela-<3 Bleeding Violet so so much! One of my fav books of the year. New Crayons is a really great way to keep track of books (I was looking at old New Crayons posts and realized that I haven't read books that I bought last year!)

    @Christina-I'm curious to read it because it's gotten so very little attention and I really liked Marina Budhos' first novel.

    @Ah Yuan-FUN read, perfect for summer :) Looking forward to your way more-in-depth review than mine. haha

    @Lyn-Thanks for that correction! Fixed. I'm going to try and have it read and reviwed by June, same with Out of My Mind (I love Sharon Draper!). Thank you so much for the books!!

    @Jill-Oh yay =) It makes me so happy to read how committed you are to having a diverse library.

    @Doret-That one sounds really good, I definitely want to read it this summer.

    @Susan-Sellout is the story of my life! lol. July is close by so remember the name :D


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