Sunday, November 7, 2010

New Crayons, a winner and I've been interviewed

New Crayons is hosted by Color Online. In this meme we share what new multicultural books we got for the week. Anyone can participate :)

Before we get to the books, I'd like so share some links...

I was interviewed by Creative Writing Now, check it out. I was asked some unique and difficult questions :)

It's time for the Read in Color Holiday Book Exchange! Sign ups are open till November 20th :) If you make me a button for free, I will send you a book of your choice.

New Crayons

Awake by Wendy Raven McNair

AWAKE is book 2 of a YA fantasy trilogy told from the perspective of an African American teen girl, Adisa Summers. Adisa and Micah's saga continues as the teen couple race against time to save Micah. However conflict interferes with their efforts as well as other forces in the super world. When Adisa tries to secretly meet the parents who abandoned her, an explosive confrontation with Micah drives the couple apart and threatens to destroy them both. Adisa must conquer her fears and take a stand now that she's finally Awake.

Speaking of Awake, I should announce the winner. And the winner is....


I will be emailing you shortly Emily, congratulations =) I thought it was interesting that most of the people who entered the giveaway didn't usually read self-published books. It's awesome that they are making an exception for this book. I can't wait to read Awake and see what's happening with Micah and Adisa. Thank you Ms. McNair!

The Magic Pencil by Karen E. Dabney

Malcolm Bakersfield is telling his older brother, Martin, and friend, Ole Jess, about a dream he had the night before that was "off the chain!" In it, he meets a mysterious girl, Nia, who challenges him in many ways, causing Malc to question life as he knows it. The dream has helped him to discover many unknown qualities about himself and has given him ammunition that will help him deal with tough situations along the way. Malc can't help but wonder if the dream is as real as it seems. We join him in his quest to uncover the truth.

-This is the week of self-published boos, haha. It sounds like a cute read and while I don't go around saying "off the chain", this book might indeed live up to that phrase ;) Thank you Ms. Dabney!

Milagros: Girl from Away by Meg Medina

Milagros de le Torre hasn’t had an easy life: ever since her father sailed away with pirates she’s been teased at school and there’s the constant struggle for her family to make ends meet. Still, Milagros loves her small island in the Caribbean, and she finds comfort in those who recognize her special gifts. But everything changes when marauders destroy Milagros’s island and with it, most of the inhabitants. Milagros manages to escape in a rowboat where she drifts out to sea with no direction, save for the mysterious manta rays that guide her to land. In stunning prose, Meg Medina creates a fantastical world in which a young girl uncovers the true meaning of family, the significance of identity, and, most important, the power of a mother’s love.
-I really like this cover (the pretty quilt and stingray in the background) and I'm intrigued that the Caribbean island is never mentioned by name. And it's a fantasy MG with a Latina main character! Thank you Ms. Medina!

What new books did you get this week? Have you made your holiday book wishlist yet?


  1. Great interview, Ari--and thanks for the shout out!

  2. Ari, that's such a cool interview - I'll make sure to link to it. :)



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