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Punching The Air | Ibi Zovoi and Yusef Saalam | Book Review

Punching The Air is a powerful verse novel about a young Muslim Black boy who is wrongly incarcerated. At 16 years old, Amal Shahid goes from attending a diverse art school to be convicted of a crime he did not commit and going to jail. Suddenly it becomes very obvious that an altercation will onlyContinue reading “Punching The Air | Ibi Zovoi and Yusef Saalam | Book Review”

The Girl Least Likely | Katy Loutzenhiser | Book Review

The Girl Least Likely is funny. It’s not the forced kind of funny which can unfortunately happen when an adult is trying to write from the voice of a teenager. As someone who always felt like they were on the outside looking in, it was nice to feel represented and seen in the maze thatContinue reading “The Girl Least Likely | Katy Loutzenhiser | Book Review”

Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas | Book Review

Concrete Rose is the prequel to The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas. I admittedly waited until last year to finally read THUG and immediately regretted it. I didn’t want to make the same mistake with this one. I was excited to learn more about Maverick’s story and see how he became the fatherContinue reading “Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas | Book Review”

On The Come Up | Angie Thomas | Book Review

When I read The Hate U Give, I remember thinking to myself that Angie Thomas was the new voice in Young Adult literature; and we were going to be forever blessed by her words. After reading On The Come Up, I stand by my thoughts, and feel blessed as a reader. This time the storyContinue reading “On The Come Up | Angie Thomas | Book Review”

Chasing the Four Winds

Reading, Writing, Nerding, and Honoring the Oxford Comma Since 1987.

A. A. MacConnell

When you write drabbles, you relieve the pressure of the epic novel expanding in your head.

The Calico Books

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