Anastasia M. Collins

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Review of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond Middle School, High School    Triangle Square/Seven Stories    183 pp. 3/19    Paper ed.  978-1-60980-907-2    $15.95    ebook ed. 978-1-60980-908-9    $13.99   Poems as piercing and reflective as the shards of a shattered mirror offer stunning...

Review of Internment

Internmentby Samira AhmedHigh School    Little, Brown    304 pp.    g3/19    978-0-316-52269-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-52266-3    $9.99Xenophobic fear-mongering, book burnings, terrified families rounded up in the middle of the night to be thrown into internment camps — all painfully familiar elements of America’s past and present — descend upon Layla Amin’s near-future dystopian...

Review of Speak: The Graphic Novel

Speak: The Graphic Novelby Laurie Halse Anderson; illus. by Emily CarrollHigh School    Farrar    376 pp.2/18    978-0-374-30028-9    $19.99In this new graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s Speak (rev. 9/99) — a powerful narrative of a high school freshman’s year of self-preservation after a brutal sexual assault — artist Carroll starkly renders protagonist...

Review of Hurricane Child

Hurricane Childby Kheryn CallenderMiddle School    Scholastic    213 pp.    g3/18    978-1-338-12930-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-12932-8    $10.99Twelve-year-old Caroline Murphy, who lives on tiny Water Island near St. Thomas, is certain that she is cursed, and she may be right. Born inauspiciously during a hurricane — a portent of bad luck — Caroline was...

Review of You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Nearby Mitali PerkinsHigh School    Farrar    305 pp.    g9/17    978-0-374-30490-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-30491-1    $9.99In 1973 the Das sisters, Tara and Sonia, with their mother Ranee, join their father in New York City. Ranee is determined that her family will take advantage of the opportunities America offers even...

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

Photo: Bethany Carnes.Mitali Perkins's latest novel You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, 12–16 years) is a sprawling family epic that follows three generations of women in the Das family — matriarch Ranee; her daughters Tara and Sonia; and each of their daughters, Anna and Chantal. The story begins in 1965...

Review of Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfitsby S. K. AliMiddle School, High School    Salaam/Simon    328 pp.6/17    978-1-4814-9924-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9926-2    $10.99Sophomore Janna Yusuf, a hijab-wearing Flannery O’Connor devotee, knows that the world is full of “saints,” “monsters,” and “misfits.” She considers herself the last, not quite sure where she belongs within her post-divorce family...

Review of This Impossible Light

This Impossible Lightby Lily MyersMiddle School, High School    Philomel    343 pp.6/17    978-0-399-17372-1    $17.99Fifteen-year-old Ivy Lewis is a straight-A student who takes comfort in the familiar predictability of her sophomore year. Her father has moved out, her mother is slipping further into depression, her brother has left for college, and her...

Review of Well, That Was Awkward

Well, That Was Awkwardby Rachel VailMiddle School    Viking    314 pp.2/17    978-0-670-01308-1    $16.99    gAs eighth grade comes to a close and her fourteenth birthday approaches, Gracie Grant discovers she has a problem. Out of the blue, Gracie realizes she like-likes longtime and suddenly very attractive classmate AJ Rojanasopondist. But that’s not...

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