Group discussion of THUG next week!

Have you gotten your hands on a copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas yet? If not, grab it ASAP, because we’ll be discussing the book here at Rich in Color on March 15th. I just finished it, and it is hands down one of the best books I’ve read in ages.

I hope to see you at our discussion next week!

the-hate-u-giveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Diversity and Promotion

Yesterday, Lee & Low revealed the results of their 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey, which took a look at the diversity in 8 review journals and 34 publishers along race, gender, orientation, and disability lines. The results weren’t exactly surprising, especially not when “the number of diverse books published each year over the past twenty years has been stuck in neutral, never exceeding, on average, 10 percent.”

Here at Rich in Color, our focus has been (and will continue to be) reading and reviewing young adult books by or about people of color. Aside from the occasional link roundup, interview, or book list, we haven’t been able to do much active promoting for books we don’t have the time or opportunity to review. As we approach our third anniversary, we decided it was time to have an official promotion policy that would allow qualifying authors (or their agents/editors) reach out to us for activities such as guests posts, interviews, previews, giveaways, etc. We are particularly interested in highlighting the upcoming works of authors of color—especially debut authors of color.

We hope that this policy will allow us to better connect with authors so that we can further the discussion—and celebration—of diversity in young adult books.


Two Wonderful Years

Two years have already gone by since Rich in Color had its start. If you’re interested in finding out about the beginnings, Audrey, Jon and I did a podcast last year to provide a little history. Speaking for myself, being part of this blog has been a fantastic learning journey as we have sought out, read and promoted young adult lit by and about people of color. I’ve met amazing authors and readers who have inspired and challenged me.

In honor of our 2nd anniversary, we’re having another giveaway. We get ARCs from publishers or may even purchase books for review and we would like to share some of these books with our readers. We also have a few brand new books on offer. While we have your attention, please let us know about any great books that you’re looking forward to reading especially if they aren’t on our calendar yet. Thanks for visiting the blog and being a part of our journey.

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Join Us for a Group Discussion

We’re going to start off the spring with a group discussion of When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds. We hope you’ll join us!

greatest In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head–even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

“A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.” Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble–and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.

And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.

Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been–where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving. — Cover image and summary via IndieBound

The discussion will be posted at the end of April. Run to your local bookstore or library soon so you can pick up a copy of the book and have enough time to read it. We’re looking forward to hearing what you thought of it!


End of the Year Giveaway and Hiatus

With the end of the year in sight, it’s time for us to take a brief break at Rich in Color. While we won’t be updating our main site with new posts, you may spot us from time to time on Tumblr or Twitter. We will be back to our regular posting schedule on Monday, January 6th.

In the meantime, let’s have a giveaway, shall we? This giveaway is open to people with U.S. mailing addresses only.

12/29/2013 UPDATE
We have nine eleven books up for grabs: Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (ARC); Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn; Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott; Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow; Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan; Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell & Joe Monti; Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez; Prophecy by Ellen Oh (ARC); Prophecy by Ellen Oh (paperback); Warrior by Ellen Oh (hardcover); and The Living by Matt de le Pena. In addition, two people will win a YA book of their choice that was written by or stars a person of color.

Many thanks to Ellen Oh for donating the paperback copy of Prophecy and the hardcover copy of Warrior to our giveaway!

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We’ll see you in 2014!


Join Us for a Group Discussion

If I ever get out of hereWe had a lot of fun with our last group discussion, so we have decided to hold another one. Join us on December 14th, when we will be posting our thoughts on Eric Gansworth’s If I Ever Get Out of Here. If you haven’t read this book already, here’s what it’s about:

Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white people being nice to him—people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home—will he still be his friend?

Acclaimed adult author Eric Gansworth makes his YA debut with this wry and powerful novel about friendship, memory, and the joy of rock ‘n’ roll.

Run to the library or your local bookstore soon to pick up a copy of the book so you’ll be ready to chime in with your thoughts. We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say!