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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for March 9, 2021, featuring Khan, Hibbert, and Mans

by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)


This is a great pub day including a couple of favorite authors! Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read.


Book Cover Amina's Song by Hena Khan

Hena Khan's Amina's Song


Description from Publisher:

"In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.


"It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina has loved every minute of it. The food, the shops, the time she’s spent with her family—all of it holds a special place in Amina’s heart. Now that the school year is starting again, she’s sad to leave, but also excited to share the wonders of Pakistan with her friends back in Greendale.


"After she’s home, though, her friends don’t seem overly interested in her trip. And when she decides to do a presentation on Pakistani hero Malala Yousafzai, her classmates focus on the worst parts of the story. How can Amina share the beauty of Pakistan when no one wants to listen?"


Why I want to read it: I was lucky to get an ARC of this one thanks to NetGalley, and I absolutely loved this sequel to Amina's Voice (see my review of the first book here!). This one is perfect for Middle Grade March, and it's a great series perfect for middle-grade readers and for adults!

Book Cover of Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert's Act Your Age, Eve Brown


Description from Publisher:

"Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong. So she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It's time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she's not entirely sure how…

"Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.


"Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore... and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior."


Why I want to read it: I love everything about the Brown sisters, and I was a huge fan of both Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown. I can't wait to read Eve's story! I was thrilled to see this one as a Libro.fm ALC pick, so maybe I will try the audio this time!

Book Cover of Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

Jasmine Mans's Black Girl, Call Home


Description from Publisher:

"'You are carrying in your hands a Black woman’s heart.'—Jericho Brown, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Tradition


"'[Mans’] lucid and lyrical lines are as undeniable as those of a pop song yet as arresting as only spoken word artistry can be.'—O, the Oprah Magazine


"From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.


"With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America—and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.


"Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing."


Why I want to read it: As I've shared on other blog posts and in our episodes, I absolutely love reading collections of poetry, and this one sounds so powerful and moving. I'm excited to see its publication and look forward to reading it soon!

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