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Watch Us Rise
Watch Us Rise | Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
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"This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power.” --Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Speak "An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits." --Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling co-author of All American Boys and Tradition "Timely, thought-provoking, and powerful." --Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin' Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice. Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission--they're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online--poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences--and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices--and those of other young women--to be heard. These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists. Acclaim for Piecing Me Together 2018 Newbery Honor Book 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Young Adult Finalist "Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming "Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at . . . the life-changing power of voice and opportunity." --Jason Reynolds, NYT-bestselling author of Long Way Down "Brilliant." --John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars * “Teeming with compassion and insight." --Publishers Weekly, starred review * "A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship." --Kirkus , starred review * "A nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality." --SLJ, starred review
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ReadingMaria
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Book 6/50. Such an inspirational book, full of passionate characters. Rating: 5/5

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Moia
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#tbr
It's been a long time

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RealLifeReading
Watch Us Rise | Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
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One of the last few slices of homemade funfetti birthday cake and my current read - this brave and exciting book which addresses so very many important topics from racism to body shaming to feminism. What a great read this is!

rather_be_reading funfetti is my fav!! 2mo
AlaMich Funfetti is definitely having a cultural moment! It looks yummy! 2mo
RealLifeReading @rather_be_reading it‘s so cheerful! 2mo
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silentrequiem
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This was a disappointment. I was totally here for the premise of this book, but the execution was awful. This was not an intersectional or nuanced feminist story. The characters were called out several times to be more reflective and deliberate, and to check their assumptions. They never did. Chelsea was annoying af, and was so militant to the point of being unlikeable. So disappointed.

I did like some of the poems.

Kristy_K I had high hopes for this book but it seems most everyone who has read it has been disappointed. 3mo
silentrequiem @Kristy_K Have you read Moxie? Not as intersectional but so much better written. 3mo
Kristy_K @silentrequiem I haven‘t but I‘ll look it up. Thanks! 3mo
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Lovesbooks87
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Jasmine and Chelsea are high school seniors who are tired with the whole woman and girls are viewed. They have decided to form a club called Write Like a Girl were they can express how they feel and about social injustice. The book follows the girls their whole senior year and shows how strong they are even when faced with challenges. I heard the book Moxie is a lot like this book. I am going to have to check it out!

Lovesbooks87 This is my first book in the #24b4monday readathon! 4mo
Andrew65 A good start. 😊 4mo
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Shay
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Snow day reading! About halfway through this one, which comes out today. Badass feminist YA. And I desperately want one of the t-shirts they are making for their protest!

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RebL
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Jasmine is intersectional with a dynamic storyline & Chelsea is comparatively flat. I look forward to hearing the take on this book by the teens in a YA program at work & meeting the authors. #WeNeedDiverseBooks
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An apple & a Rice Crispies Treat are my current #24in48 snack, but the book has me wanting good bread & olives. I‘m going to have to burn the midnight oil to come close to 24, but I sure love trying!
#tfob authors

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Kelly
Watch Us Rise | Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
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December reading stats and a look at my 2018 in books.

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Kelly
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I've been saving this for a long time and I am so ready for it now.

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Missusb
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Missusb
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More ARCs for Feb/Mar. Very excited about some of them. #preview #tbrpile #marchrsoreads #squee

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kate_reads
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I lost my sticker...😂 but come on home state (Iowa), make me proud 🙏🏽