Archive for the 'Young Adult' Category

In this Unabridged Book Club discussion, we talk about Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. This phenomenal book is a remix for young people of Kendi’s original Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, and we all felt that it was a phenomenal read and is such a great fit for the classroom.


Bookish Check-In

Ashley - Tiffany D. Jackson’s Monday’s Not ComingJen - Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American FamilySara - Sheila Williams’s The Secret Women 


Book Pairings


Ashley - Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Jen - Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Sara - Nic Stone’s Dear Martin and Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer


Give Me One - Favorite Dessert


Ashley - Oreo Ice Cream Dessert (This recipe is similar to the handwritten one I have)

Jen - Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Sara - Ice cream, but Sara also recommends Monster Cookie Dough Dip


Other Mentions


Tiffany D. Jackson's Allegedly

Jamie Golden with The Popcast

@readwithtoni buddy read for Hidden Valley Road (Don't miss our episode with Toni!)

the Hamilton musical

Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy

Unabridged Episode - Great Books for the Classroom Written by Black Authors

Revisionist History episode, "The Lady Vanishes" (Note: In the episode, Jen mentions a Freakonomics episode about the Prime Minister of New Zealand and says she'll check on the link. This episode of Revisionist History, about the Prime Minister of Australia, is the correct reference.)

Ibram X. Kendi's interview on Armchair Expert


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Spoilers are inevitable throughout our discussion, so check out the timeline if you want to avoid them.


*Introduction and Summary of the Book: 0:00-0:45

*Main Discussion: 0:46-28:08 - Spoilers at 11:10 (skip to Book Pairings!)

*​Book Pairings: ​28:09-41:06

Classroom Connections: 41:07-45:48

book pairings

*Jen - Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi

*Ashley - Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

*Sara - Kathryn Erskine's Mockingbird

*Jenni - John Green's The Fault in Our Stars

what's coming up next?

*Episode 4, Short Story Episode - Our Young Relatives' Favorite Reads

*Episode 5, Our Book Club's Book - One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

*Episode 6, Short Story Episode - Recommended Series

*Episode 7, Young Adult Book - Turtles All the Way Down​ by John Green


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