Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is, along with Audrey Vernick, the co-author of the middle-grade novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too, as well as the author of 8th Grade Superzero. She has contributed to the website Brightly and the books Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices and Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself.
MFOB FEATURED BOOKS: Naomis Too (Coming September 11, 2018) and Someday Is Now
Naomis Too (ages 8-12): In this sequel to Two Naomis, now that Naomi M.’s mom and Naomi E.’s dad are married, the girls have learned to do a lot of things together; however, sixth grade in a new school presents a whole new set of surprises and challenges. Trusting her gut has worked for Naomi E. all her life, and she figures that it will be an asset to her role as a Peer Mediator—until she realizes how much of the job requires the Art of Compromise, which she’s only just starting to get used to at home. Naomi M. is excited about making new friends—but she wants to keep old ones too. And when she sees that some in the school community have a hard time with the realities of “diversity in action,” she wonders if the new members of her family can see those realities as well. As the girls deal with the ups and downs of middle school and the mysteries of family dynamics, they learn that even when life and school try to drive you apart, it’s ultimately easier to face everything together.
Someday Is Now (ages 8-12): Someday Is Now tells the inspirational story of the celebrated civil rights leader, Clara Luper, who led one of the first lunch-counter sit-ins in America. As a child, Clara saw how segregation affected her life. Her journey famously led her to Oklahoma, where she and her students bravely desegregated stores and restaurants that were closed to African-Americans.