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Readergirlz: February 2009



The readergirlz have selected No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia as their book of the month. This book is short but powerful. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll simply post the book jacket summary:

Even though they were born in different countries, Akilah and Victoria are true best friends. But Victoria has been acting strange ever since she returned from Nigeria, where she had a special coming-of-age ceremony. Why does proud Victoria, named for a queen, slouch at her desk and speak in a whisper? Why won't she laugh with Akilah anymore?

When Akilah learns Victoria's terrible secret, she has even more questions - but they might not have answers. Readers will identify with headstrong, outspoken Akilah, whose struggle to understand what's happened to Victoria reveals a painful truth in an honest and accessible way.


Learn more about the book in the February issue of readergirlz.

Why We Picked This Book
"When I read No Laughter Here, I knew it had to be one of our readergirlz picks. Powerful, compelling, and gorgeously written, Rita Williams-Garcia's No Laughter Here is an important must-read for girls today. One that will make girls think about our rights as women. About what makes us women. About what we can do to advocate for those without voices."
- Justina Chen Headley, readergirlz diva

Talk About It
After you've read the book, drop by the readergirlz forum and tell us what you think!

Chat with the Author
Rita Williams-Garcia will be chatting live at the forum on Thursday, February 12th. The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.

Roundtable Discussion
Wondering what the readergirlz divas and postergirlz thought of the book? Read our roundtable discussion.

Recommended Reads
With the theme of Resilience in mind, the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council recommend the following books:

Fiction
Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Swollen by Melissa Lion

Non-Fiction
My Forbidden Face: Growing up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story by Latifa

Read, Reflect, Reach Out
Approximately 138 million women around the world have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Every year, another 2 million girls are at risk of the practice. To find out ways you can help, visit FORWARD: The Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development.

Recent readergirlz Reads
Last month's featured book: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Next month's featured book and author: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Visit the readergirlz archive.

Related Posts
Meet the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council
Read the original readergirlz press release
View all of the readergirlz-tagged posts at Bildungsroman

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