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Tuesday, May 31
★ Rosa’s Song, by Helena Ku Rhee and illustrated by Pascal Campion
Change is hard, but friendship is perhaps the best balm. In this story, a South Korean boy named Jae moves to the U.S., and he is intimidated by his new surroundings—that is, until he meets a girl his age named Rosa, who has a colorful bird. Together, they (along with the bird) conjure up enough magic of imagination and play to last for a whole summer. The living room couch turns into the mountains near Jae’s old village. The apartment complex becomes a site for lost llamas and hidden Inca treasures. Rosa sings to him with her bird. Unfortunately, everything is brought to a stunning halt when Rosa and her family suddenly leave without warning or explanation
Wednesday, June 1
★ Walk the Vanished Earth, by Erin Swan
Swan’s ambitious debut spans two centuries, following one family over generations as Earth undergoes massive, catastrophic climate change. As he wanders the plains of Kansas in the late-nineteenth century, rugged hunter Samson has no way of knowing that in two centuries, one of his descendants will be the first girl born on Mars. Christened Moon by her doomed mother and raised by two otherworldly beings she knows as the Uncles, this girl will discover her family history and ponder whether she will take on the burden of carrying forward the family line and her very species. In between, the Samson descendants watch the world change as rising waters submerge much of the U.S.
Thursday, June 2
★ Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens, by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Nigerian-born best-selling author Ajayi Jones offers invaluable advice with refreshing forthrightness and brutal honesty to teens in this young readers adaptation of her adult book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (2021). She recounts her experiences as a Black woman, a comedian, and an activist who speaks truth to power and passes on the lessons she’s learned so she can shield teens from “some of the trash of the world.” She shares inspiring stories from her indomitable grandmother’s life to illustrate how teens can live fearlessly. Chapters are divided into sections titled “Be,” “Say,” and “Do” that encourage teens to know themselves, overcome their insecurities, and speak up for what they want and need.
Friday, June 3
★ Nerd: Adventures in Fandom from This Universe to the Multiverse, by Maya Phillips
There’s no culture like nerd culture, according to professional fan Phillips. She draws parallels between her own personal development and that of fandom culture at large, encompassing media from comics and books to movies and television. Her loose chronological organization is interwoven with themes that emerge as she has evolved to use a more critical lens on her cultural consumption. She dives into the power of superhero stories, the appeal of anime and manga in the West, racial and nationalist tropes in popular genres, belief systems, and depictions of mental illness. Some of her strongest observations appear in the chapter “Birth of a Black Hero,” as well as in the transitions where she compares cultural commonalities and muses on gendered experiences in fandoms.
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