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Kekla Magoon

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Kekla Magoon is a writer, editor, speaker, and educator. She is the author of Camo Girl, 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order), How It Went Down, and numerous non-fiction titles for the education market. Her book, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award. She also visa mer leads writing workshops for youth and adults and is the co-editor of YA and Children's Literature for Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Inkluderar namnen: K. Magoon, Kekla Magoon

Foto taget av: Author Kekla Magoon at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Verk av Kekla Magoon

How It Went Down (2014) 591 exemplar
X: A Novel (2015) 569 exemplar
The Rock and the River (2009) 509 exemplar
The Season of Styx Malone (2018) 392 exemplar
Camo Girl (2011) 128 exemplar
Light It Up (2019) 124 exemplar
Fire in the Streets (2012) 90 exemplar
She Persisted: Ruby Bridges (2021) 48 exemplar
Chester Keene Cracks the Code (2022) 38 exemplar
The Minus-One Club (2023) 33 exemplar

Associerade verk

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Bidragsgivare — 512 exemplar
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 111 exemplar
Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 57 exemplar
I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 38 exemplar
Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 25 exemplar


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I just loved it. I could tell from early on how things were going to end, but the journey to getting there was great. There's a hidden dual perspective here, you definitely see from the kids' perspective, Caleb in particular, but also from the parents' when they realize Styx needs love but guidance. I thought the boys trying to sell their sister to the neighborhood used-to-be bully was super funny too. The foreshadowing is well-thought-out here, and it cooks until the bread of the finale is fully-baked.

Also, I enjoyed the whole cast of characters, especially Caleb. He wants to be more, to be special and cool. His dad is fine with constricting his sons to their little town and not letting them explore. When Caleb meets Styx, the older boy immediately becomes like his idol.

My only nitpick is the slang. Fo shizzle, off the hook, etc are used, and it left me thinking what time period is this? But the book references Steven Universe which is fairly recent. I know the boys are country and Styx favors old-timey talk, but the slang was too dated.

I loved the Mr. Pike and Styx revelation. Styx is hardheaded, but he secretly cared about Mr. Pike and even remembered how much he loved to collect lunchboxes. Mr. Pike loved Styx too but thought when he ran away that CPS had took him. ;__;
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DestDest | 10 andra recensioner | Nov 26, 2023 |
5 / 5 ⭐️‘s

"The Minus-One Club" by Kekla Magoon

I must say that this was an incredibly moving and thought-provoking read. The story follows a group of middle school students, all of whom have lost someone close to them, as they navigate grief and come together to form a club for others in the same situation.

One of the things that struck me most about this book was how authentic and honest the portrayal of grief was. Magoon doesn't shy away from the difficult emotions and moments that come with losing someone, but she also shows the characters finding moments of joy and connection amidst their pain. I found myself really rooting for these kids as they worked through their grief and began to find a sense of community with each other.

Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was the diversity of the characters. They come from different backgrounds and have different experiences with grief. Magoon does a great job of exploring the ways that race and culture can impact how we experience loss and grief, without ever feeling heavy-handed or preachy.

I would highly recommend this one!

This ARC was provided by @Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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thisgayreads | 2 andra recensioner | Nov 4, 2023 |
Wrong ISBN 13 ON book: it's 9781536214185 according to info IN book- RBF
9-15-2023 ISBN on the Hardcover book in stock is ISBN 13: 9781668834978. The ISBN on Amazon is for the Hardcover with a different ISBN 13:978-1536214185 and ISBN 10: 536214183. The ISBN in the barcode is for the actual ISBN on the BOOK.PENDING official change JKMastron see Amazon link: rel="nofollow" target="_top">… (mer)
AUHS_Library | 16 andra recensioner | Sep 16, 2023 |
"'Maybe,' he says. 'If the world was fair. As it is, we got to look out for each other.' He looks at me slant, not smiling, but clearly tempted to. 'If you came from somewhere, you might know that'" (pg 48).

In X by Ilyash Shabazz (348 pages), There's not much I can say about this book without rambling, but I absolutely adored Malcolm's narrative. I just loved it. I could spread it on thick on whole-grain bread and have a sandwich it's that good. I hadn't expected Malcolm's previous girlfriends to have such a large focus, and I was mad disappointed to not read anything about Betty but I somewhat understand why.

Now, I knew about Malcolm X's adult life, but nothing about his younger years. This was also a fictional retelling of his story, so I'm not sure what parts are fictional or not.

I adored the first half of the book, though I liked the last half a lot less (I just did not care about Sophia, Sammy, and West Indian Archie).
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DestDest | 37 andra recensioner | Sep 13, 2023 |



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