#WorldKidLit Wednesday: A Winter’s Promise/ The Missing of Clairdelune

Set in a post-Rupture steampunk world, A Winter’s Promise and The Missing of Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos tell the story of Ophelia, a member of the Anima ark who can animate objects. Unassuming, clumsy, and shy, Ophelia has two major talents and life passions. First, she is a superb object “reader,” i.e., she can view … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: A Winter’s Promise/ The Missing of Clairdelune

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Ellas: Histories of Puerto Rican Women

As part of my research in preparation for serving as guest editor of the GLLI blog for #WorldKidLit Month, I made it a point to look online for books published on the island of Puerto Rico proper. I knew there were books out there that I didn't have immediate knowledge of, as I am located … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Ellas: Histories of Puerto Rican Women

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Bear and Fred: A World War II Story

“Many years ago,in a faraway land called Holland, in a city named Delft, I was Fred’s teddy bear. I never had a name. Fred never gave me one. I lived in his bedroom with other toys. I was a happy bear. Little Fred loved me more than any other toy. He took me everywhere he … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Bear and Fred: A World War II Story

#WorldKidLitWednesday: The Book of Pearl

Mysterious and melancholy, The Book of Pearl consists of two complex, interwoven strands. One is historical fiction, the other is pure faerie fantasy, and both are the story of Joshua Iliån Pearl. Framing these two strands is the story of a young photographer/narrator who first appears as a teen and whose intervention many years later … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Book of Pearl

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian)-A Quirky Queer Experimental Novel about Love and Grief

This is a joyful book about grief. I didn’t think such a book existed, but here it is. Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) is a bizarre, whimsical, and beautiful testimony to friendship, love and grief. Written by Canadian queer trans librarian Hazel Jane Plante, this fantastic, experimental novel is somehow her first novel. It is … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian)-A Quirky Queer Experimental Novel about Love and Grief

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir

This review was written by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian. You can find this review and more at her blog. Special thanks to Casey for her participation in #GlobalPRIDELitMonth at Global Literature in Libraries Initiative. There aren’t many books in my lifetime that I’ve read that I would truly consider a work of genius, the kind … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Heart of the Circle: A Thrilling Queer Israeli Fantasy

Part fantasy thriller, part social justice allegory, Keren Landsman’s Geffen Award winning novel The Heart of the Circle is a riveting exploration of minority rights told through the lens of a world where sorcerers are not only a part of day-to-day life, but are discriminated against, segregated and even murdered. Set in what appears to … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Heart of the Circle: A Thrilling Queer Israeli Fantasy

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Riverrun -A Filipino Queer Masterpiece

In the middle of Riverrun: A Novel, the main character Danilo watches his childhood friend Luis slip into the river. Danilo observes his friend's body as the first stirrings of desire bob up. Luis calls for Danilo to join him, but Danilo refrains. The river can swell at any moment, he explains. On the one … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Riverrun -A Filipino Queer Masterpiece

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Nostalgia for Death, Poetry from 1930s Mexico

It is a strange time to be reading a book called Nostalgia for Death. It’s even stranger when you think of all the hands that worked to get this Spanish-language book from 1930s Mexico, finally translated into English during the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s, and into this reader’s hands, during the Coronavirus pandemic in … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Nostalgia for Death, Poetry from 1930s Mexico

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Black Tides of Heaven

JY Yang’s Tensorate series takes place in a world where gender identity, biological sex, and reproductive abilities are all separate. The Singaporean author identifies as non-binary and queer, and their description of a world where people are free to choose their own identity and physical form, and where all sexual orientations and relationship structures are … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: The Black Tides of Heaven