Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

Flatiron. Nov. 2021. 272p. ed. by Fennell, Saraciea J. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250763426.
Gr 9 Up–A collection of 15 incisive entries by authors from the Latinx diaspora that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned. The authors featured hail from Panama, Haiti, Mexico, Cuba, and more, and the topics covered include family identity, grief, immigration, and irreparable loss. The heartbreaking essays delve into the racism that exists against Afro-Latinxs, the desire to seek acceptance from those who will never give it, the pursuit of a past that is now only accessible through memories, and the unbearable pressure of trying to keep one’s mental health from shattering. Among the heartache, readers will also find inspiration to seek out who they are, accept and embrace their roots, push away the people and thoughts that are causing them harm, and control who they want to be. This anthology will help young people gain the confidence to use their own “wild tongues,” gnash their sharp teeth, and liberate their fierce hearts. Short biographies about contributing authors, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Ibi Zoboi, and Julian Randall, are also included.
VERDICT Unique, beautiful, and inspiring, this essay collection is a must-purchase for young adult collections in school and public libraries.

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