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The Latte Rebellion

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Getting called a “towel head” inspires high school senior Asha Jamison with a great money-making idea: selling T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students. When their “cause” goes viral, Asha’s life spirals out of control.

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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.

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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.

Lexile: 870L
Copyright: 2011
Page Count: 336
Trim Size: 5.19 x 8
Rights Territory: Worldwide
Categories:
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Modesto, CA) is a writer, artist, graphic designer, and occasional world traveler. Her debut novel, The Latte Rebellion, was featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program. Visit her online at SarahJamilaStevenson.com.

Reviews and Awards

“Stevenson’s debut novel expertly handles complex issues around race and ethnic identity without seeming pedantic. A welcome addition to a rapidly evolving genre of multiethnic young adult literature.” —School Library Journal

“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

“Young readers facing real life racism are sure to be inspired by the story.” —Foreword Magazine

“This coming-of-age story is craftily written, fast paced and delivers a message of doing the right thing under difficult circumstances. The Latte Rebellion is a wonderful, conceptual story from a new author with strong promise of becoming established in the YA genre.” —VOYA

“The portrayal of Asha’s initially misguided but relatable social awakening is so honest that readers will find themselves first cringing at her efforts, then cheering her on.”  —Booklist

“[The Latte Rebellion] is more than the typical high school story. [It] will strike a chord with those students who are trying to find their place in society.” —Library Media Connection

“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

Featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program

A 2011 Bronze Medal IPPY Winner in YA/Multicultural (Independent Publishers Book Awards)

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