ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia (Middle Grade-Amistad) In the summer of 1968, an 11 year-old girl and her two younger sisters must spend a summer in Oakland with their disinterested mother who had once abandoned them. While staying with their mother, the girls participate in a youth camp hosted by the Black Panthers. The author was a presenter at the SCBWI discussion panel on multiculturalism I attended earlier this year.
DUMPLING DAYS (ARC) by Grace Lin (Middle Grade- Little, Brown & Co.) I was so excited to receive this ARC! To be released in January 2012, this book is a continuation of Pacy's adventures which originated in THE YEAR OF THE DOG. Here, Pacy and her family spend part of their summer in Taiwan. When she is not busy with her Chinese painting class, Pacy is immersed in the food, culture, and lifestyle of her parents' native Taiwan. Check out my author interview in January.