Anna’s Best of 2016!


Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards

What It’s About: Black Lives Matter covers the shootings that touched off passionate protests, the work of activists to bring about a more just legal system, and the tensions in US society that these events have brought to light.

Why I Recommend It: This is a straight forward non-fiction account of the different killings of blacks recently and the history of black inequality. I appreciated that the authors just stated the facts and did not insert any opinion except for the occasional quotes from others. This book really makes you think; I ended up researching a few of the incidents further after reading Black Lives Matter. It is a very quick read which is good considering the time you will take looking up further information about convictions, acquittals, etc.

Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer

What It’s About: Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father in 1997, Christine Mari Inzer spent her early years in Japan and relocated to the United States in 2003. The summer before she turned sixteen, she returned to Tokyo, making a solo journey to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through illustrations, photos, and musings, Inzer documented her journey. In Diary of a Tokyo Teen, Inzer explores the cutting-edge fashions of Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district, eats the best sushi of her life at the renowned Tsukiji fish market, and hunts down geisha in the ancient city of Kyoto. As she shares the trials and pleasures of travel from one end of a trip to the other, Inzer introduces the host of interesting characters she meets and offers a unique — and often hilarious — look at a fascinating country and an engaging tale of one girl rediscovering her roots

Why I Recommend It: Christine is hilarious and her illustrations are precious. I love her strong connection to family and how she can laugh at herself. This book gives a lot of fun information about Japan along with her personal experiences. The pictures of the food (real Ramen) made me super hungry so be prepared for that if you like Japanese food! This was a quick, fun read and I recommend it for anyone to enjoy.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

 What It’s About: When his father’s business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

Why I Recommend It: This is such a great read! I was not expecting so much diversity among the characters (different ethnicities, a girl with two mothers, and a psychopath to name a few) but I absolutely loved it! Che is a very believable protagonist with normal teenage boy problems like acne, girlfriend issues, and always being hungry… oh, and his sister is a psychopath but no one else seems to know or recognize that little fact. Her antics make for a very unique story.



About Audviral, Mistress of the Stacks

Teen Services Librarian for the Rita & Truett Smith Public Library of Wylie, Texas.
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