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Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance

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A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance.

You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls.
Or who marches to protest injustice.

Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud.

Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger.

Maybe you call out false allies, or
Published October 1st 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Average Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.6

This anthology has been on my highly anticipated releases list since the exact day it was announced. And I’m so so glad that I finally got the opportunity to read it. This was powerful, nuanced, thought provoking, made me very emotional or enraged at times, but also gave me hope. We all need some hope in our lives.

As the world around us gets increasingly divided and marginalized people have to fight for their rights even harder every day, this is a very powerful col
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the type of book I’d like to see included in school curriculums. The stories are like wide open arms: welcoming, understanding, and accepting. Each story was poignant some more than others, but they did what they set out to do.
The stories covered a wide range of people. It doesn’t cover every single marginalized group, but it does a decent job of what it covers.

What makes this anthology a standout are the subtle, yet powerful acts of resistance. Each teenager faced adversity and though t
Enne (they/them)
4.5 stars
I don't have reviews of individual stories for y'all because I'm a dumb bitch who didn't take notes while she was reading, but I will say that this is one of my favorite anthologies that I've read in a while. I have a somewhat rocky relationship with anthologies in that I usually never end up finishing them, but I actually ended up finishing this one! Because I was really enjoying all of the stories and didn't want to stop reading!
I think some of it was due to the fact that I was reall
Yamile Méndez
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait for the world to read all the beautiful stories and poems in this anthology. I'm so honored to be part of it.
Jessica | Booked J
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

This year has been full of many thought-provoking, realistic forms of fiction, but this anthology is one of the biggest standouts in YA. This isn't fictionalized idea of resistance--this is the very sort of fiction that inspires, gives us hope, and is highly insightful. Take The M
Michelle Stimpson
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: local-authors
I learned something from every single story in this collection. I recommend this to everyone.
Age: 7th grade-college

Exemplary short story collection about microaggressions enacted against people of color and people in religious minorities.
mindful.librarian ☀️
An absolutely amazing YA short story collection. I loved every single story and was so moved by them.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed some of these stories/poems more than others, but all together they were beautiful and held such an important message. Some of my favorites were "Are You the Good Kind of Muslim" by Samira Amhed (SO POWERFUL AND MOVING!!!), "Grace" Darcie Little Badger, and "Aurora Rising" by Yamile Saied Méndez.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the age of YA anthologies, TAKE THE MIC stands firm on on its topic of everyday resistance. Anthologist and contributor Bethany C Morrow steals the show with her story about a marching band rivalry turned almost romance, and Laura Silverman's story about online abuse is also a standout. This collection is thoughtfully written and will resonate with anyone who feels the burnout of present-day politics. Resistance isn't always a blaring megaphone; sometimes, it's someone grabbing the mic for ju ...more
Mattie Richards
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, 2020, teen
3.5, rounded up because most of the stories are incredibly strong.

I wish authors would stop trying to write what they think are believable text and social media interactions between teens. They cause me to cringe and screech on the inside.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. I started it this morning, thinking I'd read a couple of stories here and there over the next few days, but I couldn't put it down. It's such a great blend of different styles and voices.
There is much perspective to be found in these pages.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most consistently excellent collections I’ve read in a while. I immediately ordered a copy for my classroom!
I have mixed feelings about this book. I usually love anthologies and this one is all about resistance! But oof... I didn't like most of the stories, some of them were just okay, writing didn't work, or the tone.

The stories that saved this anthology for me:

*Aurora Rising by Yamile Saied Mendez. all about standing up against your friends, stepping out of your quiet life to defend your community and family. i really like Yamile's writing and the hint of growing romance.

*As Your Were by Bethany C
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I consider it an honor to be in this book. I can’t wait for the world to read it.
K Gover
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Take the Mic- Diverse shirt stories and poems for 2019
Grace by Darcie Badger -native Americans girl leaves her land as her mama marries a bride and they try to find a stable life. They decide to return to their land and step up for their land and beliefs.
Shift by Jason Reynolds -bottle rocket babies. (???not sure)
The Helpers by LD Lewis- in a city of violence a young girl finds inner strength in helping those trapped or injuries by the explosions. She surprises herself and finds confidence an
noah 🖤 #blacklivesmatter
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars

Gracie: A Short Story by Darcie Little Badger ★★★★☆
i love the MC’s voice! the way she stood up for herself was so amazing. i could never! Grace’s story continues in the final short story of this anthology: Homecoming. rep: lipan apache mc with two moms

Shift: A Poem by Jason Reynolds no rating
my inner dumbass is showing. i like poetry but i’m so bad at deciphering it. the words are pretty but i don’t know what they all mean put together like that.

The Helpers: A Short St
Total rating 3.7 stars. What a mixed bag of a collection, I have never had such varying results when reading a short story collection before. But i will break down my thoughts.

1. Grace - 5 stars - This was such a a great story of resistance, power, and standing up for what is right, even when not everyone is on your side.
2. Shift - 3 stars - This was a very sweet poem, but i didn't feel it packed a punch. The imagery was beautiful.
3. The Helpers - 5 stars - A story of hope, and desperation. T
While standing up for what we believe and joining protest marches and filling the street with our signs and voices in solidarity are certainly ways to resist the status quo and make ourselves heard, there are other ways to do so. In this anthology, thirteen different stories showcase other ways to combat injustice. Maybe it's by simply speaking up when someone's passive aggressive actions, the result of having romantic intentions rebuffed, are causing problems in class as in "Grace." Or perhaps ...more
Ben Truong
Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance is an anthology of thirteen short stories, prose, and graphic story, which was collected and edited by Bethany C. Morrow. In this Baker's dozen of short stories, whose central themes of courage, bravery, and a refusal to be silenced, which are written by diverse and representative group of authors.

For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance is an anthology of
Jenny Ashby
It's clear that this is a book that is meant to be IMPORTANT and some of the stories have that weight to them. I feel, however, that overall it is not as strong as intended. The one story that still sticks in my brain is about the girl driving her crush home, trying to get up the courage to ask him to Homecoming, when they are pulled over by the cops. There was too much marching band in that one for non-marching band people, but the resolution and the cluelessness of her friends about what has h ...more
characters of color, queer characters, disabled characters, all fighting oppression and taking a stand in their own way and it's all wonderful and valid and important no matter what

content/trigger warnings; racism, anti-native racism, islamophobia, gentrification, police brutality, explosions, injuries, anti-semitism, slurs, harassment, misogyny, transphobia,

my ratings for each story

—grace by darcie little badger: 4 stars
—shift by jason reynolds: 2 stars
—the helpers by l.d. lewis: 4 stars
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releasing 10/1/19

The logline "Fictional stories of everyday resistance" that you see on the cover of this book, is not an understatement.

You will read stories that make you go "yes!". You will read stories that will bring you to tears, poems that will leave you lost in your thoughts and emotions. And you will read stories that will make
This collection of short stories tells of different people doing their own thing to counteract the racism, hatred, and prejudice that they encounter in their lives. Not everyone is able or willing to go to marches or make big speeches, but often there are little things we can do or say in our lives to be up-standers against the injustices that we encounter. The stories and poems vary in their strength and readability but overall it is a solid, diverse collection. It includes things such as a Jew ...more
Allison Renner
Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @scholasticinc for sharing TAKE THE MIC. This book is out now (released October 1, 2019!) so you can get your own copy. I’m getting one for my school library, since this one is getting passed on down the line.

These short stories of resistance are fiction, but they are incredibly realistic and could happen to anyone. The characters are diverse, in regards to skin color, religion, gender, and more. They all have some adversity in life and react in different ways, whet
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, edited by Bethany C. Morrow, 272 pages. Arthur Levine (Scholastic), OCTOBER 2019. $18

Language: R (25 swears, 5 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G



Take the Mic needs to be read by everyone age 10 or above, as far as I’m concerned. Each story contains a vital truth about empowerment, about race relations, that can be read and discussed in any Language Arts classroom. Morrow’s own As You
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @scholasticinc for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own! Take the Mic is a collection of short stories about teens taking a stand. In one story, a girl says no to being kissed by a boy at school and finds out they weren’t friends to begin with. In another, a girl steps up to help her neighbors with medical help during a disaster. One teen becomes the mentor they wished they’d had as a kid. There are st ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick and timely read!! The stories were all engaging and it was just really nice to see various marginalized groups represented and seeing various small forms of resistance. If I’m being totally honest, it would’ve been cool to see more than one story about a queer main character, but it was still a really good book overall! I like anthologies because they’re generally pretty easy reads in terms of how long it takes, and this anthology especially wasn’t overly long. I never real ...more
Brittany Bays
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

I'm a sucker for a good anthology and this definitely hit the spot! "Fictional stories - in poems, prose, and art..." though these stories are marketed and written as fiction, we can all see kids in these stories. I would love to drop this off in middle and high schools all over the country. The possibilities of kids seeing themselves in this book are endless. And that, is what it's all about.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up #TakeTheMic from the library a few weeks ago after noticing the beautiful cover. Upon further inspection, I saw that some of my favorite authors had written poems and stories that were apart of this collection. From a teen dealing with prejudiced online trolls, to another being pulled over by the cops after leaving band practice, all of these stories were engaging and showcase teens finding their voices and standing up for themselves. My absolute favorites were The Real Ones by Sofia ...more
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A somewhat-recovering expat living in the American Northeast (with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec), Bethany C Morrow writes speculative fiction for both the adult and the young adult market.

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