Teen Book Bytes is a new teen book club to read and discuss multicultural books. We’ll have an afternoon session and an evening session for participants. Pick whichever slot fits your schedule. We’ll meet the 4th Wednesday of the month at 3pm and 7pm on Zoom. Contact smawhirter@kckpl.org or llove@kckpl.org for the Zoom link.

Wednesday, September 23 @ 3pm
Wednesday, September 23 @ 7pm

Our first discussion will be on Dear Haiti: Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. This title is currently available on Hoopla as both an e-book and an e-audiobook.

Don’t have a Hoopla account? No worries. Go to our eCommunity site and scroll down to Hoopla. All you need from there is an email address and your KCKPL library card number.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine preview image

From Hoopla:
This exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a celebration of storytelling sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Jenna Evans Welch!

When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?

Actually, a lot.

Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.

All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history-which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.

You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.