We are beyond thrilled to bring Joanna Ho to a local high school on Friday, December 9. Her debut into the YA category, The Silence Binds Us, is Susan's favorite YA book of the year! It was recently listed as a finalist for the Golden Poppy Award, which honors California writers. It's a powerful look at pressure on high-achieving teens, immigrant assimilation and racism. Here's a review:
Maybelline Chen's brother, Danny, a fun young man who has just been admitted to Princeton, is the shining star of the family. But when Danny suddenly ends his life, the Chen family is thrown into endless shock and grief. Their pain is compounded when an overly privileged white businessman blames the recent spate of teen suicides on parents who pressure their children academically, specifically calling out Chinese families, which include the Chinese Taiwanese American Chens. So angered by this overt racism, Maybelline and her friends mount a Take Back the Narrative campaign at school, despite parental and administrative admonishment to leave it alone. Inspired by the recent rise in hate crimes against AAPI and a rash of teen suicides in Palo Alto, CA, Ho's story of inclusion, diversity, and social action rings true. Maybelline is a multifaceted narrator whose drive to right wrongs and stand up to injustice deserves applause. Ho illuminates both activism and mental health in marginalized communities, showing that even a bright, young achiever can experience depression without anyone knowing.
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