Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

This is a work of YA contemporary fiction. Daniel is a seventeen-year-old Korean-American poet who, against his traditional parents' wishes, does not want to attend Yale or become a doctor.  Natasha is a science-minded undocumented immigrant from Jamaica who's been living in New York City since age 9, but is about to be deported that night. … Continue reading Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

When I picked up Shanghai Girls, I was hooked 'til the last page. Lisa See’s writing is difficult to put down. The story of the two sisters, Pearl and May, begins in 1930s Shanghai. The girls earn their money posing as Chinese calendar models, or “Beautiful Girls,” and live a life of luxury, parties, night clubs, and excessive … Continue reading Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Book Review: Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

In this beautiful yet doleful tale, we follow Angela Denoto, a Sicilian-born teen at the turn-of-the-century in New York City. Although Angela is bright and the only member of her family who can read, as well as speak and write in English, her father's physical condition requires her and her elder sister, Luisa, to work … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson