Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices
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Annotation: Shares stories about growing up in diverse homes or communities, from an Asian youth who gains temporary popularity by making a false background, to a biracial girl whose father clears subway seats by calmly sitting between two prejudiced women.
Catalog Number: #5448946
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: xiii, 127 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-5866-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-5866-3
Dewey: 808
LCCN: 2012955218
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Genre: Short stories
Language: English
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Word Count: 22,850
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 160659 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q61396
Lexile: 810L

Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race.

Listen in as ten YA authors — some familiar, some new — use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Henry Choi Lee discovers that pretending to be a tai chi master or a sought-after wiz at math wins him friends for a while — until it comically backfires. A biracial girl is amused when her dad clears seats for his family on a crowded subway in under a minute flat, simply by sitting quietly in between two uptight white women. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

Becoming Henry Lee / David Yoo
Why I won't be watching the Last Airbender movie / Gene Luen Yang
Talent show / Cherry Cheva
Voila! / Debbie Rigaud
Three-pointer / Mitali Perkins
Like me / Varian Johnson
Confessions of a black geek / Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Under Berlin / G. Neri
Brotherly love / Francisco X. Stork
Lexicon / Naomi Shihab Nye.

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