Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Little & Lion - A Bi, Black, and Jewish Teen Girl's Summer, and Romance, in a novel packed with intersectional diversity

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new . . . the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself—or worse.

Brandy said in an interview in the September 1, 2017 Little Brown School & Library eNewsletter, "Novels are fiction, but we know they can act as windows–a glimpse into the lives of people who look or act or believe differently than us." And "books that serve as windows foster empathy... I hope there will be a day in the near future when people don't find it unusual or unrealistic to read about a girl who just happens to be black, bisexual, and Jewish."

Here! Here! Well said, Brandy.

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