E.M. Kokie

Author of young adult fiction, including PERSONAL EFFECTS (Candlewick, 2012) and RADICAL (Candlewick Press, Fall 2016). Often opinionated. Sometimes Sarcastic.

Review of Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai

This week I posted a review of Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai  at The Pirate Tree. With her first novel for young readers (Inside Out and Back Again, HarperCollins 2011), Thanhhà Lai captured in verse one child’s experience adjusting to life in Alabama after leaving Vietnam. In Listen, Slowly, Lai explores the experience of Mai (Mia at school), whose parents both emigrated…

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Interview with Author Kekla Magoon

I'm up today at The Pirate Tree (a collective of writers for children and teens interested in social justice issues) with an interview with Kekla Magoon about her recent novels How It Went Down and X: A Novel (co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz). If you haven't read  How It Went Down and X: A Novel, get them on your TBR lists now! Timely and relevant, for…

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