February readergirlz: No Laughter Here


February’s featured title at readergirlz is No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia. This powerful, short novel tells the story of best friends Akilah and Victoria whose friendship changes forever after Victoria undergoes female circumcision one summer in Nigeria. If ever there was a book to inspire discussion and learning and activism, it’s this one. Rita Williams-Garcia handles this topic with remarkable sensitivity and honesty. It made me think and want to find out more about the practice of FGM (female genital mutilation).

So grab a copy of this book. It’s a short but intense read. Then, check out all of the things happening this month at readergirlz:

Visit the forum. Respond to the book. Reflect on the issues.

Read the roundtable discussion, where divas and postergirlz chat about this title. (Thanks Little Willow, roundtable mastermind!)

Watch this video to learn more about FGM in a community where it takes place.

Read the postergirlz suggested reads for the month, all about our theme, resilience:

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Swollen by Melissa Lion
A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Chandra’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

My Forbidden Face by Latifa

The live chat at the forum is on Thursday, February 12th at 6pm PST, 9pm EST. It’s going to be a thought-provoking month.


1 thought on “February readergirlz: No Laughter Here

  1. susan

    I read this a few years ago. I really enjoyed it. Found it more intimate and more engaging than the non-fiction I had read about FGM. I have since read other titles by Ms. Williams-Garcia. We have this particular title in our library and offered in our prize bucket. Cannot say enough about No Laughter Here.

    For adult titles suitable for older teens and adults regarding this cultural practice check out Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja and Indfidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    May I suggest other titles for your resilience theme? I high recommend When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune by Lori A. Williams, I Hadn’t Meant To Tell You This> and Lena, both by Jacqueline Woodson

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