It is my pleasure to share a review of Kimberly Reid’s new book “Perfect Liars,” published by Tu Books and Lew & Low, for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017. This Young Adult Mystery heist features Andrea “Drea” Faraday as the protagonist. She is a beautiful mixed race junior who attends the exclusive Woodruff High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Drea is blind to her shortcomings and family history until she has to face them head-on when she befriends three “juvies” at the Justice Academy; Xavier, Jason and Gigi. As the story unfolds, Drea and her older brother, Damon, realize that physical appearances are superficial because “no matter who you were, how rich or smart or perfect…there are lessons to be learned from everyone” (page 273).
Why would I recommend this book? I appreciate how the author challenges us to look beyond appearances, especially with those children involved in the juvenile and foster care system. I wish this book was around to read when I started my professional career with at-risk youth. If I had an opportunity today to use this book, I would assign “Perfect Liars” as required reading for anyone doing volunteer work with an at-risk student population.
It was clear to Drea and her friends that the mystery of the heist couldn’t be solved without an element of trust between them. The way trust was built between them was sharing secrets that they held about themselves. The secrets dispelled assumptions or revealed common elements in their backgrounds. The one question that I would ask the volunteers and their clients to reflect on and answer honestly without judgement would be, “what is one secret that you wish to share about yourself?
The only way to get past initial judgements is to spend time talking and listening to each other. First impressions can be changed. The change in perception and attitude is a two-way conversation. Because Drea was an honor student, she tutored students that were placed in the day school program for juvenile delinquents. Even though Drea was the one going in to help them pass their classes, I believe the students also learned from her personal experiences too. In addition, Drea learned much from them.
I’m hoping we get to read more about Drea Faraday and the mysteries that she will solve with the help of her brother, Damon, and her new “juvie” friends. I believe they will help us appreciate the similarities that bind us together instead of the differences that could separate us.
Please read further about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli.
Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
MCBD Links to remember:
MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i