Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Tagging Freedom, Rhonda Roumani
    Union Square Kids, 9781454950714 / 9781454950721, November 7, 2023 (Middle Grade)

    “A great introduction into social activism and using your voice in a positive way. You’ll cheer on and develop serious empathy for Samira and Kareem as they navigate dual cultures, cluelessly offensive classmates, and bullies.”

    —Susan Reckers, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

    Tagging Freedom is a fantastic look at how regardless of your age or the size of the act, you can be the change you hope to see in your community. Kareem is sent to live stateside when a young boy is killed in custody during the mid-2000s civil war in Syria. His feeling of injustice sparks a fire in his cousin and her best friend, and they team up to help spread the word in their school. Told in dual perspectives, this book explores how global events affect even small communities, and that standing up for freedom and your culture is more important than school politics. This book will be perfect for any young activist or anyone wondering how their voice can be a catalyst for change.”

    —Jody Hardy, Mostly Books, Tucson, AZ

    “Art and activism coincide as a Syrian graffiti artist is sent to the United States to escape the conflict in his country. While dealing with culture shock and his continual efforts to spread awareness, he clashes with his American cousin on what is important in their two worlds. A middle reader examination of war, conflict, and taking a stand that will inspire children to do the right thing.”

    —Gerard Villegas, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

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