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Open Mic
Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

anthology editor: Mitali Perkins

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.

Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$8.99 / $11.00
0763667196 /  9780763667191
on sale date:
Young Adult Anthology / EBook
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
144 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Satire; Short Stories, Collections & Anthologies; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Mitali Perkins is the author of numerous books for teens and younger readers, including Monsoon Summer and Secret Keeper. She was born in India and immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters when she was seven. Mitali Perkins lives with her husband just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
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