Reviews by Tag: racism

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Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero book cover

Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

By Saadia Faruqi
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Nehanika C.
Feb 9, 2024

Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqui, is about a boy named Yusuf Azeem and his troubles with being an immigrant Muslim in America. He is starting 6th grade in this close to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. With all the “never forget” banners around the school Yusuf starts to feel like he does not belong. Then on the first day of 6th grade he starts getting mean and racist notes in his locker. Yusuf is a boy who likes robotics and likes to code. He is very smart and brave.

Teen Review
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Dec 10, 2023

The play by Hansberry considers the life of a household as they attempt to live an ideal life. The family faces discrimination and unfair treatment due to them being African Americans. Nonetheless, they aspire towards moving out of their current apartment and living in their own home. The family runs into trouble when Walter Lee Younger and his mother have a conflict of interest on whether they should buy a house with the money they have or attempt to begin a business opportunity. 

Teen Review
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Aug 8, 2023

Often when people of color are asked how exactly racism works, a one-sentence answer isn't
enough for the complexity, history, and future of the United States’ racism. However, Coates’
book, Between the World and Me, offers an insight into racism that I believe every American
should have exposure to. Coates writes this book to his son, Samori, to explain the vulnerability
of his black body in a country ignorant of a racist reality. This novel covers topics from slavery,

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Jul 21, 2023

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, is a story about an African-American 16-year-old girl named Starr Carter. Starr is stuck balancing living in a poor run-down neighborhood and attending an upper-class prep school in the suburbs. But everything goes even more downhill when she witnesses her best friend Khalil getting murdered by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed and hadn’t done anything that would cause him to get killed.

Teen Review
Black Brother Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Brother, Black Brother

By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Aadit G.
May 31, 2023

Rating: 2.5

My rating for this book is a 2.5 because the book is bland in my opinion and does not have intensive detail. This book failed to get my interest and I believe the main reason  was not enough detail.

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Teen Review

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
May 14, 2023

Absolutely! To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic novel by Harper Lee that takes us to a small town in Alabama during the 1930s. The story is told through the eyes of Scout Finch, a young girl who is growing up in a world where racism is prevalent. Scout's father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who takes on the case of a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman.

Teen Review
The Silence That Binds Us

The Silence that Binds Us

By Joanna Ho
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Rishika
May 13, 2023

May, an Asian-American highschooler, has a normal life with a popular brother, parents who want her to do her best, and really good writing skills. When her brother Danny commits suicide, she and her family break down. But a racist man accuses her family of causing Danny’s death and uncovers the closeted racism in her community. May raises her voice to protect her family from the racist and hateful words directed for them by writing to the newspaper. When it gets published, her story incites a discussion on the racism of her community.

Teen Review

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 3, 2023

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic novel written by Harper Lee that explores themes of racism, prejudice, and the loss of innocence in a small Southern town during the 1930s. The story is narrated by Scout Finch, who is a young girl who observes the world around her with a keen eye and an open heart.

 

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Mar 30, 2023

I read the urban fiction book, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. In this book, the main character, Starr, sees her bestfriend, Khalil, get shot and killed by a police officer. Starr’s parents, Lisa and Maverick, help guide her through the legal justifications and hardships of Khalil’s death. Alongside Starr, her full brother, Sekani and her half brother, Seven, help her through the hard times seeing this death causes.

Teen Review
Dear Martin

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Mar 20, 2023

Justyce McAllister is a high school senior and a passionate debater, going along with fellow student Sarah-Jane Friedman and mentor Dr. Jarius Dray. But, he is surrounded by problems in his personal life along with the major issue of racism. Along the way, He finds himself in multiple encounters with the legal system. Through it all, he reminds himself of the great Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, attempting to follow his example in the divided world.

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