The Latte Rebellion
By Sarah Jamila Stevenson
(Flux, Paperback, 9780738722788, 336pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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Hoping to raise money for a post-graduation trip to London, Asha Jamison and her best friend Carey decide to sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students.But seemingly overnight, their "cause" goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide social movement. As new chapters spring up from coast to coast, Asha realizes that her simple marketing plan has taken on a life of its own--and it's starting to ruin hers. Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, while her friendship with Carey hangs by a thread. And when the peaceful underground movement spins out of control, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing. Facing expulsion, Asha must decide how much she's willing to risk for something she truly believes in. Praise: "A thoughtful taste of one girl's attempt at being a world-traveling, latte-drinking, singularly awesome individual in a world determined to herd her into being classified as either coffee or milk."--TANITA S. DAVIS, AUTHOR OF MARE'S WAR, A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR BOOK
"Get ready to start your own rebellion after gulping down Sarah Stevenson's deftly written, multi-layered story about growing a voice, growing apart, and most of all, growing up girl."--JUSTINA CHEN, AUTHOR OF NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL
"Asha is engaging and the depiction of her journey--a realistic mess of vague hopes, serendipitous events, serious missteps and gutsy choices--compellingly original."--KIRKUS REVIEWS
"You're half Chinese and half European, I'm half Indian, a quarter Mexican and a quarter Irish. We're mixed up. We're not really one or the other ethnically. We're like human lattes." So explains Asha, the main character in Sarah Jamila Stevenson's debut novel, The Latte Rebellion. More at NPR.org
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