Friday, May 24, 2013

Riff-ing about life between cultures

OPEN MIC: RIFFS ON LIFE BETWEEN CULTURES IN TEN VOICES edited by Mitali Perkins. Candlewick Press, September, 2013.

Humor can be such an effective tool for tackling tough issues. Growing up between cultures is the focus of this collection edited by Mitali Perkins. It features poems, stories, and cartoons from luminaries such as Gene Yang, Naomi Shihab Nye, G. Neri, and Varian Johnson as well as Mitali Perkins. Why humor? Perkins' introduction to this strong collection details how and why humor can be the perfect tool. Stereotypes, prejudices, family tension and more find their way into these stories from some of YA's pre-eminent authors.

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