Various news, October 2022
This month brings a mix of fiction and non-fiction for MG readers. I am looking forward to getting these books into the hands of patrons at Annie Blooms Books, where I am a part-time bookseller.
But I’m also a full-time writer and I have a big deadline in November, so I’m going to skip the November reviews and write a short report on the changes in the way Barnes and Noble acquires MG fiction and an analysis detailed breakdown of titles on the shelf at my local Barnes & Noble store. I know it has been on people’s minds and I always find that data collection helps me decide where to spend my energies on promoting diverse children’s literature.
Here are the new releases for October.
free style by Gale Galligan is a sweet and fun look at the ups and downs of high school. I appreciated the performances of a hip hop dance team. In addition to the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, it’s nice to see dance other than ballet presented in a graphic novel. (School)
the lords of the night by JC Cervantes is a companion title to his popular Storm Runner series, set around the wolf of Aztec mythology. (Disney Hyperion)
Toxic masculinity is a problem that transcends race and ethnicity, and yet it is most damaging to marginalized boys. Boys will be Human: A control guide to becoming the strongest, kindest and bravest person you can be. by Justin Baldoni is an in-depth look at what it means to be a man and how to navigate the world in a way that affirms the lives of boys. I recommend it for children over 10 years old. It’s a great family resource for starting important conversations. (harpers)
Better Than We Found It: Talks To Help Save The World By FrederickJoseph and Porsche Joseph is overwhelming in its extensive content. But taken one section at a time, it’s an excellent introduction to the issues for young activists. It covers topics ranging from misinformation and climate change to theft of indigenous land and the prison industrial complex; 16 themes in all. Another excellent conversation starter for children from about 10 years old to their teens. (Candlewick)