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Watch Us Rise
"This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power." —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and...
"This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power." —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and...
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  • "This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power." —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Speak

    "An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits." —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling co-author of All American Boys and Tradition
    "Timely, thought-provoking, and powerful." —Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'

    Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice.
    Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission—they're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.
    These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists.
    Acclaim for Piecing Me Together
    2018 Newbery Honor Book
    2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award
    2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Young Adult Finalist
    "Timely and timeless." —Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
    "Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at . . . the life-changing power of voice and opportunity." —Jason Reynolds, NYT-bestselling author of Long Way Down
    "Brilliant." —John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
    * "Teeming with compassion and insight." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
    * "A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship." —Kirkus , starred review
    * "A nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality." —SLJ, starred review

About the Author-

  • Renée Watson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include the Ryan Hart series, Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, and Love Is a Revolution, as well as acclaimed picture books: Summer Is Here, Maya's Song, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, written with Nikole Hannah-Jones, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée splits her time between Portland, Oregon and New York City.
    www.reneewatson.net
    @reneewauthor

Reviews-

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from December 1, 2018

    Gr 8 Up{amp}mdash;A highly needed work for the #MeToo movement. Told from the viewpoints of Chelsea and Jasmine, this thought-provoking novel explores ideas of body-shaming, racial stereotypes, and gender inequality. Chelsea is a poet and Jasmine is a writer and actress. Fed up with their school's lack of acknowledgement of women's rights, they decide to take a stand with their blog, "Write Like A Girl." It catches the attention of many of their fellow classmates and other teens, but causes problems for them with faculty. Will they be able to enlighten their school community or make things worse for themselves? Readers will enjoy the original poems and creative, witty blog entries. The ending will leave teens inspired to make a difference and challenge the status quo. Watson and Hagan do not disappoint in this powerful story of two girls who take a stand against injustice while learning how to navigate a world that seeks to silence them. VERDICT A timely and must-have collaboration for all YA collections{amp}mdash;Cicely Lewis, Meadowcreek High School

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    A manifesto for budding feminists. At the core of this engaging novel are besties Chelsea, who is Irish- and Italian-American and into fashion and beauty, and Jasmine, who is African-American, loves the theater, and pushes back against bias around size ("I don't need your fake compliments, your pity. I know I'm beautiful. Inside and out"). They and their sidekicks, half-Japanese/half-Lebanese Nadine and Puerto Rican Isaac, grow into first-class activists--simultaneously educating their peers and readers. The year gets off to a rocky start at their progressive, social justice-oriented New York City high school: Along with the usual angst many students experience, Jasmine's father is terminally ill with cancer, and after things go badly in both their clubs, Jasmine and Chelsea form a women's rights club which becomes the catalyst for their growth as they explore gender inequality and opportunities for change. This is an inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world, imploring budding feminists everywhere to "join the revolution." The book offers a poetic balance of dialogue among the main characters, their peers, and the adults in their lives. The exquisite pacing, which intersperses everyday teen conflicts with weightier issues, demonstrates how teens long to be heard and taken seriously.A book that seamlessly brings readers along on a journey of impact and empowerment. (resources for young activists, endnotes) (Fiction. 12-18)

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  • Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of SPEAK and SHOUT This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power. I resolve to give a copy to every teenager I know!
  • Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling co-author of ALL AMERICAN BOYS and TRADITION An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits, the power of friendship, and what leadership looks like in the hands of young people today, Watch Us Rise is the novel we all need right now.
  • Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN' Timely, thought-provoking, and powerful. Watch Us Rise is an immediate young adult classic.
  • Caroline Kennedy, bestselling author and editor of SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY Watch Us Rise is a source of inspiration on every page and a remarkable story of the power of young people to make a difference. And it's a great read.
  • Mahogany L. Browne, author of BLACK GIRL MAGIC and WOKE BABY In this hybrid almanac of poetry, narrative and novel, Watson and Haganpiece together the ultimate pictorial of friendship, life, elegy and New York City. Through the eyes of Chelsea and Jasmine we celebrate legacy and cultures, art and diaspora, feminism and home! Read this today. Give it to the young person in your life. It is an instruction manual to freedom and love and voice. It is a triumphant example of how literary arts and poetry intersect in our everyday lives and fortify the marrow of our survival.
  • School Library Journal, starred review A highly needed work for the #MeToo movement. . . . Watson and Hagan do not disappoint in this powerful story of two girls who take a stand against injustice while learning how to navigate a world that seeks to silence them.
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review A manifesto for budding feminists . . . An inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world
  • Marie Claire This intersectional, layered novel . . . covers a wide breadth of topics-institutionalized racism, how we undermine young women, feminism in the modern age-with a clear message: Girls are going to come out on top.
  • Publishers Weekly A complex and socially conscious coming-of-age tale featuring young women of color. . . . It's a message, and a story, that any teen could benefit from and enjoy.
  • Booklist Online A refreshingly unapologetic celebration of young women's voices. . . . Readers won't be able to help feeling empowered and uplifted by the end of the novel.
  • Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING on PIECING ME TOGETHER Timely and timeless, Piecing Me Together is a book about the ways young people deal with the hardships and heartbreak of everyday living while remaining whole and true to themselves.
  • Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling and award-winning coauthor of ALL AMERICAN BOYS on PIECING ME TOGETHER Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at the toxicity of sympathy, the unquenchable thirst of fear, and the life-changing power of voice and opportunity, all wrapped up in Jade
  • John Green, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on PIECING ME TOGETHER An important and deeply moving novel. Highly recommended.
  • Meg Medina, award-winning author of BURN BABY BURN on PIECING ME TOGETHER An honest look at how girls stitch together their talents to find their voice and power. Renee Watson is a top-rate storyteller about what impacts young women today.
  • starred review, Publishers Weekly on PIECING ME TOGETHER Teeming with compassion and insight, Watson's story trumpets the power of artistic expression to re-envision and change the world.
  • starred review, Kirkus Reviews on PIECING ME TOGETHER A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship.
  • starred review, School Library Journal on PIECING ME TOGETHER This unique and thought-provoking title offers a nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality.
  • starred review, BCCB on PIECING ME TOGETHER A thoughtful testament to the value of growth and of work, of speaking up and of listening, that will resonate with many readers engaged in 'discovering what we are really capable of.'
  • starred review, Booklist on THIS SIDE OF HOME Writing with the artfulness and insights of African American teen-lit pioneers Rita Williams-Garcia, Angela Johnson, and Jacqueline Woodson, Watson shows Maya exploring concerns rarely made this accessible . . . essential for all collections.
  • starred review, BCCB on THIS SIDE OF HOME Watson paints a thoughtful, powerful picture of the complications of contemporary African-American experience, especially when it rubs up against the hipster middle class.

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