Kirkus, starred review Publisher’s Weekly, starred review 2020 Newbery Honor Book 2020 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent 2020 William C. Morris Prize Finalist 2019 Kirkus Prize Finalist 2021 Audie Award Finalist For Best Middle Grade Audio Book NPR Favorite book of 2019 A School Libary Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 ILA Teachers’ Choices CBC/NCSS Notable Children’s Book in Social Studies Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee Maine Student Book Award Reading List Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist Just One More Page Recommendation List Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Top Pick NYPL Best Books for Kids (Top Ten) South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee Rebecca Caudill Nominee
1) They Called Us Enemy is a necessary testament to racism. 2) It humanizes a brutal chapter in U.S. history. 3) The story works extremely well as a graphic novel. 4) The novel is clearly and concisely written. 5) Takei draws a parallel between the indignities he and his family suffered and the current Immigration detention scenario in the United Sates.
1) This novel is a cleverly plotted thriller. 2) Definitely a page-turner. 3) Strong heroines. 4) Plenty of tension and suspense. 5) There’s lots of angst, drama, mysterious estates, mysterious neighbours, undercurrents, and more.
1) Miss Sweetie. You will adore Miss Sweetie. 2) Lots of historical detail. For example, an abandoned abolitionists’ hideaway serves as Jo’s home. 3) This is a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family. 4) A gorgeous, entertaining tale. 5) This is a book that celebrates the strengths and talents of marginalized people.
1) Ness’ writing is impeccable as always. 2) Alternate universes. Need I say more? 3) Dragons!! Dragons exist in all their fire-breathing glory. 4) The blend of the Cold War and fantasy is brilliant. 5) An assassin from a Believer Cell is one of the many interesting characters.
1) Smooth and engrossing prose. 2) Genesis is an emotional, hopeful, adolescent journey. 3) This novel provides a much-needed examination of our cultural standards of beauty and what damage those standards can do to the self-esteem and dignity of young people. 4) Genesis is a strong, beautiful character. 5) Genesis deals with numerous issues that youth face on a daily basis.