When We Become Ours

“An emotion-filled collection.” —Kirkus Reviews

Two teens take the stage and find their voice . . .

A girl learns about her heritage and begins to find her community . . .

A sister is haunted by the ghosts of loved ones lost . . .

There is no universal adoption experience, and no two adoptees have the same story. This anthology for teens edited by Shannon Gibney and Nicole Chung contains a wide range of powerful, poignant, and evocative stories in a variety of genres.

These tales from fifteen bestselling, acclaimed, and emerging adoptee authors genuinely and authentically reflect the complexity, breadth, and depth of adoptee experiences.

This groundbreaking collection centers what it’s like growing up as an adoptee. These are stories by adoptees, for adoptees, reclaiming their own narratives.

With stories by:

  • Kelley Baker
  • Nicole Chung
  • Shannon Gibney
  • Mark Oshiro
  • MeMe Collier
  • Susan Harness
  • Meredith Ireland
  • Mariama J. Lockington
  • Lisa Nopachai
  • Stefany Valentine
  • Matthew Salesses
  • Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom
  • Eric Smith
  • Jenny Heijun Wills
  • Sun Yung Shin
  • Foreword by Rebecca Carroll
  • Afterword by JaeRan Kim, MSW, PhD
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Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight

“Six-year-old Sam, with his Liberian dad and African American mom, finds a way to bring everyone in his cross-cultural family together at the dinner table.

“Caught in the middle of his family’s African and American food fight, Sam gets a little help from his grumbling stomach—and readers of this seriously funny book get a peek at cultures colliding in a family kitchen that work out in a very delicious way. Charly Palmer’s vibrant illustrations make this gentle lesson in getting along a visual feast as well.”

The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be

“Part memoir, part speculative fiction, this novel explores the often surreal experience of growing up as a mixed-Black transracial adoptee.”
★ “An ambitiously authentic adoption story where fiction does the work of truth, and archives, correspondence, and health records provide the roots of fantasy.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A fantastical, transcendent memory collage that shirks convention in search of what is real and true about familial bonds.”—PW, starred review
★ “Readers will praise the raw honesty and insight in this lovingly crafted memoir.”—Booklist, starred review
“Read a comic that artist Heather Albinson created about the experience of reading The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be, as an adoptee Read Here.”
A Booklist Best YA of 2023 winner
A Kirkus Best YA of 2023 winner
Michael L. Printz Honoree.

Where We Come From

“In this unique collaboration, four authors lyrically explore where they each come from—literally and metaphorically—as well as what unites all of us as humans.

“Richly layered illustrations connect past and present, making for an accessible and visually striking look at history, family, and identity.

“We come from stardust / our bodies made of ancient elements. / We come from single cells / evolving over billions of years. / We come from place, language, and spirit. / And each of us comes from story.”

Selected as a 2023 White Raven Book through the International Youth Library

What God Is Honored Here

What God Is Honored Here? is the first book of its kind—and urgently necessary. This is a literary collection of voices of Indigenous women and women of color who have undergone miscarriage and infant loss, experiences that disproportionately affect women who have often been cast toward the margins in the United States of America.   

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What God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss (book trailer)

Dream Country

The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom (Dutton, 2018).
Minnesota Book Award winner
A One Read for Racial Justice at St. Catherine University
A Kirkus Best YA Historical Fiction of 2018 winner
A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon winner for 2018
A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year pick
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018 pick
A Nerdy Book Club Best YA of 2018 pick
A What She Reads Best YA Books of 2018 pick
A Best Books of 2018 for Young Readers by Penn Graduate School of Education Professor Ebony Thomas pick
A Teen Librarian Toolbox Favorite of 2018
Five starred reviews, from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

See No Color

A novel of race, adoption, family, and baseball centered on a mixed black teenager coming to terms with her identity.
A Minnesota Book Award winner
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year of 2015
A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year 2015
Starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus

Working Toward Racial Equity in First-Year Composition

Aiming to significantly change how urban Community College writing instruction is delivered in this country, the book operates on the principle that equity is essential to successful writing pedagogy, curricular development, and student success, (Routledge, 2019).