February 5, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jerome Allen hoped his memoir would speak to people who would understand what it means to be overwhelmed by choices, to make mistakes, and to find a way back. Learning that WHEN THE ALPHABET COMES: A Life Changed by Exposure is a 2021 recipient of an In the Margins book award is proof that it does.
Named the Top Title in its Advocacy and Social Justice category, the book was chosen by a national committee of school, public and academic library educators who seek out narratives that speak to marginalized youth, many who live with historical impacts of cultural irrelevance and structural exclusion.
In their comments, the committee says, “Allen uses this autobiographical narrative as an opportunity to provide guideposts to those who need to find a pathway out of the shame and despair into the triumph.”
Established in 2012 by Library Services for Youth in Custody, the program was begun to curate a solid resource for fiction and nonfiction titles that would catch the interest of youth in juvenile facilities.
Today, their mission is to find books with high-interest appeal for BIPOC youth and other youth who may identify with street culture, be in restrictive custody or are reluctant readers.
In choosing its award recipients, the committee incorporates input received from young adults who read and directly shared their opinions on the same titles. During the 18-month review period, this unique process identifies new titles that are especially meaningful to young readers.
About the In The Margins Book Award: https://inthemarginssite.wordpress.com/awards-list/
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