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Monday, August 03, 2009

readergirlz in August: Kendra by Coe Booth

Amidst the passionate discussions of the cover of Justine Larbalestier's novel, Liar, Justine herself has posted a fascinating and honest response on her blog.

One of the books Justine recommends as a wonderful read about a Person of Color is Kendra, by Coe Booth, which happens to be readergirlz' featured read this month. Don't miss it!

As I mentioned on Melissa Walker's cover story on Liar at her blog (there's also a discussion going on at the readergirlz blog):

I have found this upsetting on many levels, not the least of which my impression of the cover before the controversy ("Hmm, what a striking cover.") and after, once I had found out the contents of the book. Hopefully the dialogue will do much to shape the future of publishing decisions and discussions among readers.

In no way do I think the author should be punished for something out of her control - many respected and talented YA authors have come forward to assure us of the quality of Justine's writing in Liar. I, for one, plan to read it (most likely from the library, which I usually do), though I add my voice to those who hope the publisher will correct this injustice.


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