Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance

Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Oct. 2019. 272p. ed. by Morrow, Bethany. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338343700.
Gr 7 Up–With situations and language that feel contemporary and up-to-the-minute, this collection of short stories, poetry, and art capture small moments of everyday resistance. Editor Morrow has gathered works from a mix of big names and new faces, each demonstrating the tiny moments that underlie what it means to be a teen of color, to worship differently, to live with a disability, or to be your school’s lone representative of your culture. These talented writers and artists, including Newbery honoree Jason Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed, and webcomic artist Connie Sun, explore themes including microaggressions, fear of the police, resistance fatigue, hate speech on social media platforms, and allyship in a way that feels visceral and real. Readers who find their own experiences reflected in these stories will feel seen and heard, and for others, the book provides windows into the everyday experiences of the teen members of various marginalized groups.
VERDICT This anthology is a valuable addition to a social justice collection for its accessibility and breadth, encouraging readers to take the first step toward empathy and compassion for others.

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