Out of Darkness


Title:   Out of Darkness

Author:  Ashley Hope Perez

Publisher:  Carolrhoda Lab TM, 2015

ISBN: 9781467742023

 About the author:  from Amazon.com

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of three award-winning novels for young adults. Her most recent, OUT OF DARKNESS, received a 2016 Printz honor for excellence in young adult literature and the 2016 Tomás Rivera Book Award. THE NEW YORK TIMES called it a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle” where “a tragedy, real and racial, swallows us whole.” Ashley is an assistant professor of world literatures at The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at http://www.ashleyperez.com and on Facebook and Twitter (@ashleyhopeperez).


Critical Evaluation— 

Reader’s Annotation— 

Genre— historical fiction

Genre:Historical fiction; Multiple perspectives
Character:Culturally diverse

Curriculum Ties— diversity, historical fiction, 

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  • Rationale explaining why the item was chosen for the collection
  • Active listening skills
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  • National Council of Teachers of English “Right to Read”
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  • ALA Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials
  • ALA Bill of Rights on Intellectual Freedom
  • Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  • Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Why did you pick this for your collection?  

  • Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • School Library Journal Best Books: 2015
  • Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2016