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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
J. Greene
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
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. ...more
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.
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
Age: 7th grade-college

Exemplary short story collection about microaggressions enacted against people of color and people in religious minorities.
Kate Olson
An absolutely amazing YA short story collection. I loved every single story and was so moved by them.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Not something I would normally pick up, but I signed up for a summer book club with my university. "Everyday resistance" really is the underlying theme; you won't find earth-shattering acts of rebellion or sweeping epiphanies, but you will find simply (but well) written stories of teenagers from marginalized groups making small realizations, standing up for themselves, and fighting back against -isms in personal ways.

The story that stood out most for me from this collection was "As You Were" by
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
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. ...more
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.
Mattie Richards
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, school, 2020
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.
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!
Anastasia Zamkinos
Favorites were by Dr. Darcie Little Badger ("Grace" and "Homecoming," which bookended the... well... book), Yamile Saied Méndez ("Aurora Rising"), Laura Silverman ("Ruth"), and Ray Stove ("Parker Outside the Box").

These in particular shared messages of activism and boundaries, and of selfhood and allyship (including failures of allyship) that I look forward to teaching!
Callie Navarathne
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read this to preview for 8th grade curriculum. Awesome short stories with diverse characters. With each story, I found myself excited to see each main character be the hero of their own story...sounds cheesy but true! I just kept thinking of different students who would be able to identify with the main character. Important read!
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

"I can't let them stay out there alone, saying these hateful and false things, without someone countering them. Because if they're the only voice out there, then they're right by default."
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
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
Grace Worland
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Grace by Darcie Little Badger- 5 stars
Shift by Jason Reynolds- 3 stars
The helpers by L. D. Lewis- 5 stars
Fighting the blues by Connie Sun- 4 stars
Are you the good kind of Muslim? by Samira Ahmed- 5 stars
Aurora rising by Yamile Mendez- 5 stars
Ruth by Laura Silverman- 5 stars
I am the revolution by Keah Brown- 3 stars
As you were by Bethany C. Morrow- 4 stars
The real ones by Sofia Quintero- DNF
Parker outside the box by Ray Stoeve- 3 stars
Untitled by Jason Reynolds- 2 Stars
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
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
Provides teens with great models for what it looks like to "take the mic" and speak up, even when it's uncomfortable and feels like a big risk.

Grace and Homecoming by Darcie Little Badger - A Lipan Apache girl moves around a lot with her two moms, enduring racism but being able to leave before needing to take any action. When then finally move home, to Lipan land, Grace decides she needs to speak up and let her school know that her heritage is not up for debate.

Shift and Untitled - Two short fre
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
Amanda Burns
I highly recommend purchasing a copy for all the young adults in your life, with the head’s up that this could be a triggering read for folx from marginalized groups. There are stories that include instances of racism, violence, religious persecution, misogyny, police brutality, and ally failures. This anthology is so powerful, you can practically feel it pulse when you read it. I wish I’d read something like this when I was a young adult! Books like this are why I never turn my back on or nose ...more
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
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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.

Her adult debut, MEM, was an ABA 2018 Indies Introduce pick, and a June Indie Next pick, and was featured/reviewed in: Locus Magazine, the LA Times, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Bustle, and, among othe

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