On Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele and Raising Tiny Feminists

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie Hardcover: 80 pages Publisher: Knopf (March 7, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 152473313X ISBN-13: 978-1524733131 If you read or watched Adichie’s TED talk on Feminism, We Should All … Continue Reading

Shanna Miles Releases a New Book That Challenges Teen Fantasies

Race and the Reading Committee

As you guys may or may not know 2016 was my last year with the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Committee. I had a three year term and this year was my last. I had a fantastic time … Continue Reading

#BookReview Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016) ISBN-10: 0147513936 ISBN-13: 978-0147513939 Naila’s family is very close. It’s part of their Pakistani and Muslim culture and her immigrant community does a good job of … Continue Reading

Flash Fiction: On Firmer Ground

I’ve been thinking about my next novel after I’ve wrapped with Weightless (also possibly┬átitled Broken String Theory) and it’s forming up to be a steampunkish, Civil War, Romance. I need to do more research, but that’s kind of where this … Continue Reading

25 Books for Teens by Black Women Writers to Rock Your 2017

There are webcasts and cover reveals and blog reviews galore for New Releases, but I wanted to be selfish and promote women like me who write books about girls like me. I’ve compiled a list of books that will be … Continue Reading

Afar: A mini-review of black girl space travel

Afar by Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton Paperback: 168 pages Publisher: Image Comics (April 4, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1632159414 ISBN-13: 978-1632159410 I’m not a huge graphic novel reader, but I pick them up for time to time and … Continue Reading

A Conversation with Tiffany Gholar: Self-Publishing Series

We’re continuing on with our self-publishing series with Tiffany Gholar, author of A Bitter Pill to Swallow. On the edge of the Chicago medical district, the Harrison School for Exceptional Youth looks like a castle in a snow globe. Janina … Continue Reading

Why Are So Many of Color Rocking Self-Publishing: A Twitterchat

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The World Does Not Need Your Diverse Story

The world doesn’t need your diverse story. Let me repeat, we don’t need you to shoehorn in an Asian best friend or a biracial love interest with almond eyes and coffee in cream skin. It’s unnecessary. This is not how … Continue Reading