ever since i could remember, everything inside of me just wanted to fit in i was never one for pretenders, everything i tried to be just wouldn’t settle in if i told you what i was, would you turn your back on me? even if i seem dangerous, would you be scared? i get the feeling just because, everything i touch isn’t dark enough i f t h i s p r o b l e m l i e s i n m e
One time I had this dream that I was driving on the hwy in Hawaii. I was in my 86, and I remember just cruising around the outskirts of the island with some no name, no face badddd bitch the baddest bitch. It was around sunset so we pulled off onto some beach, and I spawned a pizza for us to munch on. We nibbled on that, while talking about various life stories. We were speaking japanese, so I’m not sure what was said, but we were having a deep conversation and it was pretty chill. I got up to throw away the pizza box, and right when it landed in the trash can, I woke up. Seems uneventful, but that was probably the sunset I could’ve ever witnessed.
14. Talk about a vacation:
When I was 16 I actually visited Oahu, HI with my dad, his female companion, and my cousin. Hands down one of the best vacations ever. We stayed in a hotel right on the beach with an ocean view balcony. My cousin and I got bored when they went out with some tour guide or some bs, so we were just walking around tryin to find some shit to get into. We ended up finding an arcade a couple blocks from the hotel, so we played like $20 worth of Wangan Midnight 2 and Initial D Version 3. Otw back we actually spotted a prostitute roaming the streets. He didn’t believe she was a ho, and I’m like “Dude she’s totally a fkn slut”. He still didn’t believe me, so I bet him $10 that she was, and we low key followed this bitch for a couple blocks haha. Sure enough, she hopped into some Benz with some random dude, and took off into the night. Lol a lot more happened on that vaca, but that’s some of it. Watching the sunset from that balcony was jaw-droppingy beautiful.
33. Talk about what you do when you’re sad:
If I’m sad, usually I’ll go for a drive. Driving always gives me some alone time to clear my head, and take my mind off of whatever I was sad about. If the conditions are right, then I’ll go for an all night mountain road drive. That has always been the one surefire thing to pick me up when I’m down. I’ll just grab my cigs, pot, music, and jacket, then just take off into the night. I’ll practice my racing line (no two laning allowed with me), try to figure out good placement for the car upon corner exit, and increase speed with every run. In between, I’l pull over at the chill spot, smoke a bowl, lay on my hatch, and feel the bass coursing through my spine as I watch the stars twinkle. Such a perfect night always puts a smile on my face and leaves me feeling fresh. But sometimes, I can’t hit the hills. So I’ll also cruise up and down the coast, smoking bowls/cigs. I know of this small beach that I always go to, and I just sit on the rocks and listen to the ocean speak to me. So soothing.
36. Talk about your guilty pleasures:
Well the whole mountain driving thing was one of them lol. Sometimes, when I’m alone, I’ll play some house music or some happy hardcore, and shuffle wildly throughout the house. Or sometimes when I”m driving, I’ll put on some of the blackest, niggarocious rap/trap music and just bump super hard. Bouncing around, arm flailing, and finger tapping to the beat, rapping outloud lol gettin ratchet af.
The PB, MG, and YA flowcharts were so popular last year we decided to do them again! Thanks to designer Phyllis Sa for the great layout. This is the Middle Grade listings broken down by categories.
Looking for a great MG Book?
Graphic novels Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Realistic fiction The Turtles of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes George by Alex Gino Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
Action Little Miss Evil by Bryce Leung & Kristy Shen Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle
Funny A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Adventure Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
Fantasy The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Historical Fiction Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper Nest by Esther Ehrlich I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
Non-fiction Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Check out these picks also selected by WNDB Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood: The Exciting Story of How I Met My Father by Varsha Bajaj The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Shane W. Evans The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Shang In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
Race, life’s a race, and I am gonna win, yes, I am gonna win. And I’ll light the fuse, and I’ll never lose, and I choose to survive, whatever it takes. You won’t pull ahead, I’ll keep up the pace, and I’ll reveal my strength to the whole human race! Yes I am prepared to stay alive, and I won’t forgive, vengeance is mine! And I won’t give in, because I choose to thrive!Yes, I’m gonna win! [listen]