MMGM and #IMWAYR (3/22/2021): Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (plus the 2021 Books by Asian-American Voices Giveaway!)
Lots to discuss today! First of all, I have redesigned my blog! I won't get too far into the details (since I already did so in this post), but suffice it to say that the new template works better on smaller screens and is far more aesthetically pleasing. (It also has a new header image that I took myself, which features the book I am reviewing today alongside Faith: Taking Flight and The List of Things That Will Not Change!)
Also, it has officially been (a) an entire year since I joined #IMWAYR and (b) an entire year of me blogging every single week! I'm honestly as shocked as you are that I've managed it this long—as the MMGM bloggers know, I have had a history of dropping of the face of the Earth for months at a time. But I've finally managed to stick with blogging, and I plan to keep participating in both MMGM and #IMWAYR for as many consecutive weeks as I can manage!
One more thing: make sure to keep going past the end of today's review for information about the 2021 Books by Asian-American Voices Giveaway, which I am holding as a response to the horrible hate crimes committed in Georgia that resulted in the deaths of 8, including 6 Asian-American women (and the other horrible hate crime against a woman named Xiao Zhen Xie in San Francisco).
Before we get to that, though, I do have a book review today of the excellent novel Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Review of Fighting Words:
TRIGGER WARNING for sexual abuse and attempted suicide. (I'm sure that doesn't make you want to keep reading, but trust me—it'll be worth it. Unless these things are actually triggers for you, in which case, of course skip this post.)
Fighting Words, besides being recommended by many book bloggers recently (such as Patricia Tilton, who wrote an excellent review of it over at Children's Books Heal), is a Newbery Honor book as of this past January! This award, combined with the countless recommendations of this book, managed me to get it read in a timely fashion. (Basically, if I read it within a year of everyone else, it's timely for me.) Fighting Words is the latest book from well-known MG author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, who has been writing for 24 years and is probably best known for another Newbery Honor book, The War That Saved My Life. Whatever this book had been, it would have been a big deal, but after having read it, I can say that this book is revolutionary. Allow me to explain—right after this publisher's description, which I'm sharing instead of my own summary because it's way better than what I could come up with.
Ten-year-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom's boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della's own wolf—her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della's world turns so far upside down, it feels like it's shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she's been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it's time to be loud.
In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.
- Displacement by Kiku Hughes, an MG graphic novel (see my review)
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, an MG novel (see my review)
- Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu, an MG graphic novel (see my review)
- Parachutes by Kelly Yang, a YA novel (see my review)
- The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, an MG graphic novel (see my review) (Yes, I know I did a giveaway of this book already, but considering that I've read it twice in five months and consider it my second-favorite book of all time, I'm giving it away yet again.)
- If you win, your book will come to you directly from Amazon.
- Just to be clear, these copies are NOT signed by the authors.
- Each entrant is only eligible to win one (1) book.
- Entrants must have mailing addresses in the United States or Canada. (Please note that, in my previous experience shipping to Canada from Amazon, it has been ridiculously slow—I am more than happy to do it regardless, but just be aware.)
- Enter using the Google Form below, NOT the comments.
- Please only select the books you are interested in—that way, I can make sure that other people win the stories they are interested in as well. If you do not select a book, you will not have a chance of receiving that book.
- Winners will be selected randomly.
- You must enter an email address so that I can contact you via email for a mailing address if you win. I will not keep or share your email address or mailing address.
- Please, please, PLEASE give me an email address that you check regularly (including spam/junk), as I will choose a new winner if you do not respond to my initial email within 48 hours.
- You must also enter a nickname for me to post on my blog if you win; it does not need to be your real name (although it can be if you want).
- The last full day to enter this giveaway is Monday, March 29, 2021, as I will close the form the morning of Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
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