Hudson Valley YA Society: Sharon G. Flake, Sabina Khan, Crystal Maldonado & Brittney Morris

Event date: 
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST via Crowdcast

(This event is rescheduled from its original date of Friday 4/16.)

For Ages 12 - Adult

This online event is free. Your purchase of a book helps support the author and our independent bookstore and is greatly appreciated. Shipping or contactless curbside pickup available.


Sharon G. Flake, Sabina Khan, Crystal Maldonado & Brittney Morris will talk about their latest YA novels that address themes of self-esteem, racial identity, and social pressure from four different perspectives.

Sharon G. Flake, Sabina Khan  Crystal Maldonado, Brittney Morris

The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I'm In, Sharon G. Flake's bestselling modern classic, THE LIFE I'M IN presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking. Much is revealed behind the complex system of men who take advantage of vulnerable teens in the underbelly of society. While Char might be frightened, she remains strong and determined to bring herself and her fellow victims out of the dark and back into the light, reminding us why compassion is a powerful cure to the ills of the world.

In Sabina Khan's ZARA HOSSEIN IS HERE, Zara's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family's dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years. It's a timely, intimate look at what it means to be an immigrant in America today and the endurance of hope and faith in the face of hate.

Coming of age as a fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Even harder when your whole life is on fire and the world and everyone in it have ideas about what you should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter. Crystal Maldonado's FAT CHANCE CHARLIE VEGA tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves, with a wry voice and tons of chisme!

In Brittney Morris' new novel THE COST OF KNOWING, sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short. Alex and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

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