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      Summary: Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.   In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as -- Kirkus - -- -, Starred
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      Electronic book.
      Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] Random House Children's Books 2017 Available via World Wide Web.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 September #2

*Starred Review* This collaboration with We Need Diverse Books has no single overarching theme. Instead, its 10 award-winning contributors bring their own diversity to individual, idiosyncratic stories that reflect a variety of themes and subjects. The book is dedicated to the late Walter Dean Myers, who is well represented in the collection with his satisfying story about a physically challenged boy, his father, and wheelchair basketball. Though the stories are roundly excellent—authors include Kelly J. Baptist, Grace Lin, Tim Tingle, and Meg Medina—a few do stand out. Matt de la Peña writes about a young Latino boy for whom basketball is a way out to a better life. Tim Federle tells a lighthearted story about Secret Santas and the gift of friendship. Then there is Jacqueline Woodson's beautiful offering about love, loss, and an interracial friendship; Soman Chainani's irresistible tale about a lonely American boy on vacation with his Auntie Mame of a grandmother; and Kwame Alexander's teasingly imaginative story in verse about a boy who acquires a magic power—or does he? No matter if he doesn't, for there's plenty of magic in this collection to go around. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Edited by Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books, ten stories by (mostly) well-known authors of diverse backgrounds present young protagonists dealing with common themes of growing up--love, family, friendship, dreams, fitting in, etc. Stories by Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peqa, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Grace Lin, and Walter Dean Myers are included in the unusually strong collection. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #1

Edited by Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books, ten stories by (mostly) well-known authors of diverse backgrounds present young protagonists dealing with common themes of growing up--love, family, friendship, dreams, fitting in, being excluded, and learning life lessons along the way. A line in Soman Chainani's title story suggests a unifying concept for the volume: "We're the same, Nani and I. Two caged birds, searching for a way out." In one way or another, most of the characters here are caged, trapped by circumstances and seeking an escape. "For people like you, ball is more than just ball. It's a way out," says Matt de la Pena's protagonist in "How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium," a beautifully subtle basketball story. In Kwame Alexander's story in verse "Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents," narrator Monk Oliver discovers he can read minds--including the mind of his crush Angel Torres. Jacqueline Woodson offers a tale on the difficulties of friendship in a New England Our Town of a community where the fall leaves are "the ONLY color in this town." Stories by Meg Medina, Grace Lin, Tim Federle, Kelly J. Baptist, Tim Tingle, and Walter Dean Myers round out an unusually strong collection. The volume concludes with brief biographical sketches of the authors. dean schneider Copyright 2016 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 November #2

This short story collection, edited and introduced by We Need Diverse Books cofounder Oh, features 10 stories "for all of us" from authors who include Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Meg Medina, and Walter Dean Myers. Each story stands on its own, but the collection as a whole highlights the importance of perspective, perseverance, wonder, courage, and creativity during the middle school years. A thoughtful entry from Matt de la Peña, written in second person, centers on a Mexican-American teenager who does well at school but sees basketball as a "path to those tree-lined lives they always show on TV." In Grace Lin's delightful "The Difficult Path," literacy proves an unexpected ticket to a life with pirates for a Chinese girl eager to escape an arranged marriage. And Jacqueline Woodson's elegiac "Main Street" focuses on the relationship between an 11-year-old white girl and her "tall and brown and beautiful" best friend in a New Hampshire town where "the leaves were the only color." Thought provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed. Ages 8–12. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.