Book Review: Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Tweet Everyone knows that Naima draws the most beautiful alpana patterns in her Bangladeshi village. But she wonders what good can come from her talent if she can’t help her father drive a rickshaw because she’s a girl. Money is … Continue reading

Book Review: Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Tweet A young reader sent in this review of Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata. A Daughter’s Review Set in WWII, Weedflower is an amazing story about a Japanese girl who is forced to leave everything behind. Sumiko and her family travel … Continue reading

Book Review: Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang

Tweet Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang is a compelling memoir from a girl growing up during the Chinese cultural revolution. Filled with patriotic fervor for the Chinese communist government, Ji-li is at first ashamed to be part of her … Continue reading

New Book Review: Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse

Tweet Fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom knows he’s one of the lucky ones in New York during the early 1900s. He’s the son of a successful Russian immigrant. He’s got a warm place to live, enough food so he doesn’t go hungry, … Continue reading

Book Review: The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa

Tweet The Color of Earth is the first in a trilogy of graphic novels about a young girl named Ehwa and her widowed mother who owns a tavern in a small Korean village. The story takes place in a time … Continue reading

Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Tweet Readers who also receive my newsletter will know how much I like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, as I reviewed it in this month’s newsletter and recommended it as a gift in December. … Continue reading

Book Review: Sold by Patricia McCormick

Tweet I just finished reading Sold by Patricia McCormick. The story is about a Nepalese girl—13-year-old Lakshmi—who leaves home thinking she will be working to support her desperately poor family. In reality she has been sold into the sexual slave … Continue reading

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