I just found out that my book Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City won the best book award from the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association! I am thrilled. The book is about the cultural lives of children of immigrants at diverse New York and London high schools. I identify the relationship between teenagers’ cultural lives and their orientations toward school. All kids — of diverse backgrounds–are attempting to perform balancing acts in high school. They want to succeed and achieve high status in academics, and they also want to succeed and achieve high status among their peers. Some are better than others at this balance, and others privilege one side of the scale to the detriment of the other, and despite their best intentions. I talk in the book about how race, hip-hop, and gender affect these balancing acts. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy today! Available in paperback, hardback, or Kindle!