A GINORMOUS HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this WONDERFUL Middle Grade book release, hitting shelves today via Simon & SchusterChildren'sPublishing!
From the mind, heart, and pen of author Kelly Yang ... FINALLY SEEN ...is a heartfelt story that will speak to SO MANY, allow readers to both see themselves, and through the eyes of another, with a gentle touch, but with the crystal clear force of reality.
Prejudice is a thing. Racism is a thing. Small minded people is a thing. There are so many THINGS that we're fighting against, sometimes those caught in the crossfire are forgotten about... even when it's a little girl, coming to a new country to play catch up with the family that left her behind for all the reasons she doesn't know yet, in order to reach for a brighter future for them all. Even when it's words written on a space so small, but felt so largely. Even when it's not giving others the time and space to be themselves, and not expecting them to confirm to our way of thinking, acting, or living. Freedom (and fREADom!) is a beautiful thing, but only if it's used for all.
So go ahead. Grab your copy of this wonderful story, and just try to tell me you aren't moved by it. Whether it's Lina's courage, Lao Lao's shock at a boy being a friend, Millie's contagious energy, or the amazing teachers that share their strength and knowledge... you can't walk away from this one without feeling...FINALLY SEEN. ❤
Many thanks to the Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing team for the ARC for review. This title is available now, wherever books are sold.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!