Rani Patel, almost seventeen and living on remote Moloka’i island, is oppressed by the cultural norms of her Gujarati immigrant parents. But when Mark, an older man, draws her into new experiences, red flags abound.
Two powerful reads will warm you up during these cold days.
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel introduces a character so full of strength, sorrow and rhythm that you won’t be able to put this killer title down. “What did you expect?/That I’d be like all the rest?/Well, you best come correct/cuz this girl is in full effect.”
Meanwhile, in Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, 17 year old Nora faces growing up, mounting familial pressure and her fears while a serial killer is loose during the summer of 1977.
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.