Book Briefs: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Book Briefs: an interview series where authors talk about...what else?  Books! Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's debut novel, Eighth Grade Superzero, is available now from Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic.        

What book are you reading right now?   I'm reading Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachman and Design-It-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch.  Re-reading Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas, Creative Knitting by Mary Walker-Phillips and The Spiritual Activist by Claudia Horowitz.  I'm getting ready to read AYA by Marguerite Abouet and am very excited about that.  I'm just about always re-reading an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot mystery.

Your favorite children’s book:  Noooooo!  I can't pick just one!  A Wrinkle in Time is very, very dear to me, as is Till We Have FacesThe Cat Ate My Gymsuit.  The House at Pooh Corner and A Bear Called Paddington.  The All-Of-A-Kind Family & Shoes series.  Langston Hughes' "Simple" stories.  Oh!  I read and re-read Julius Lester's Black Folktales as a child...(can you guess that there might be more to this list?)

Your favorite non-fiction book:  The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Kathleen Norris' Amazing Grace, and just about any political biography I've ever read.  Compassion as a Subversive Activity by David Urion, Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Musical Autobiography by Pete Seeger and Crossing the BLVD by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan.  (To be continued, heh...)

Your favorite classic (read: book they made you read in school) book:  Macbeth

The last book that made you laugh: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

The last book that made you cry: The same.

The last book you recommended to a friend: A Wish Before Midnight by Zetta Elliot

A novel you’ve re-read (and re-read): I re-read Agatha Christie's mysteries all of the time.

One sentence that gives the gist of your book best:  When Everyone's looking, will the You nobody knows stand up?

Avoiding spoilers, a 1-2 sentence passage from your book that you really like:

It's one of those unexpected gift moments, like looking up and finding a mirror right in front of you, and instead of food in your teeth or a booger hanging from your nose, it's really you, and you like what you see.

You can learn more about Olugbemisola and Eighth Grade Superzero at her website and on facebook

Thanks, Gbemi!