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Sunday, February 1, 2009

February's Pick: No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia

Help us welcome the amazing Rita Williams-Garcia!

Our February pick is a book that deals with darkness in a very compelling and empowering way. You will stand up and cheer for the heroine--and best friend ever--Akilah.

No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia

Even though they were born in different countries, Akilah and Victoria are true best friends. But Victoria has been acting strange ever since she returned from Nigeria, where she had a special coming-of-age ceremony. Why does proud Victoria, named for a queen, slouch at her desk and speak in a whisper? Why won't she laugh with Akilah anymore?

When Akilah learns Victoria's terrible secret, she has even more questions - but they might not have answers. Readers will identify with headstrong, outspoken Akilah, whose struggle to understand what's happened to Victoria reveals a painful truth in an honest and accessible way.

And other people like it too:

"[A] richly layered . . . skillfully told, powerful story." - Booklist, starred review

"Eye-opening and grounded . . . Unapologetic, fresh, and painful." - Kirkus, starred review

Texas Tayshas List

One of Booklist's Top 10 Black History Titles for Youth

ALA Best Books for Young Adults

Head over to the forum and start the discussions with us, readergirlz!


Micol Ostow said...

I had the pleasure of getting to know Rita during my time at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She's a brilliant mentor, wickedly funny, and very caring and supportive. Great to see her here!

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NO LAUGHTER HERE. Rita Williams-Garcia, Author . ... Victoria's parents forced her to have an operation, and Victoria no longer feels whole.
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