Open mic : riffs on life between cultures in ten voices (#0679CJ6)

7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2013
Price: USD 13.95
Description: xiii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dewey: 818; Int Lvl: YA
AR 5 UG 3 160659EN; RC 5.3 8; LEX 810L


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FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, 2016

USD 14.26

Paperback Candlewick Press, 2016

USD 7.93

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From Follett

Introduction -- Becoming Henry Lee / David Yoo -- Why I won't be watching the Last Airbender movie / Gene Luen Yang -- Talent show / Cherry Cheva -- Voila! / Debbie Rigaud -- Three-pointer / Mitali Perkins -- Like me / Varian Johnson -- Confessions of a Black geek / Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich -- Under Berlin / G. Neri -- Brotherly love / Francisco X. Stork -- Lexicon / Naomi Shihab Nye. Shares stories about growing up in diverse homes or communities, from an Asian youth who gains temporary popularity by making up a false background, to a biracial girl whose father clears subway seats by calmly sitting between two prejudiced women.

From the Publisher
Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race.

Listen in as ten YA authors -- some familiar, some new -- use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Henry Choi Lee discovers that pretending to be a tai chi master or a sought-after wiz at math wins him friends for a while -- until it comically backfires. A biracial girl is amused when her dad clears seats for his family on a crowded subway in under a minute flat, simply by sitting quietly in between two uptight white women. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: 818
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xiii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Tracings: Perkins, Mitali, editor.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-5866-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-5866-3
  • LCCN: 2012-955218
  • Follett Number: 0679CJ6
  • Interest Level: YA
  • ATOS Book Level: 5
  • AR Interest Level: UG
  • AR Points: 3
  • AR Quiz: 160659EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 8
  • Lexile: 810L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/01/13
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/27/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Publishers Weekly, 07/29/13
  • School Library Journal, 09/01/13
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 10/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 1, 2013 (Vol. 110, No. 1))
Grades 5-8. In this anthology that blends fiction and nonfiction, Indian American editor Perkins has assembled 10 original selections about race that have in common a humorous take on an often serious subject. Humor has the power to break down barriers and draw us together across borders, Perkins writes in her introduction. Aside from their humor, these border-breaking stories all share a viewpoint from within the culture that provides the setting and subject. The stories are varied in format: two—by G. Neri and Naomi Shihab Nye—are stories in verse, while a third, by Printz Award–winner Gene Luen Yang, is in the format of a graphic novel. Several of the stories come perilously close to being didactic, but all are, in their respective ways, enlightening. As for humor, David Yoo’s excellent Becoming Henry Lee is the one that will probably elicit the most laughs. But all invite sometimes rueful smiles or chuckles of recognition. And all demonstrate that in the specific we find the universal, and that borders are meant to be breached.

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