Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
—First Amendment to the United States Constitution
As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, certain high-profile people have had a lot of negative things to say about journalists and the state of modern journalism. And ...
In this day and age, it's no surprise that the Internet has many outlets for finding your next great read. The trick is in finding the good ones. If you like speculative fiction – that is, science fiction, fantasy, and horror – I've got good news. I've rounded up some of the best destinations for finding your next great read online. The best part: all of them offer stories that are absolutely free.
However, rather than adopt ...
BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love
Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions. I think this one is elegantly done, especially because it features a WOC on the cover, alongside her 1920s counterpart ...
“I love him,” Bat said. He hadn’t meant to say it out loud. Mom laughed. “Careful, or you might make me jealous,” she said.
“But it’s true,” Bat said. “I love him.” Mom said they’d have to hand the kit over to the rescue center in a month. But Bat, holding the tiny animal in his arms, made a silent promise that he’d figure out a way to keep him.
—A Boy Called Bat ...
As a debut British author writing in the first-person voices of two American protagonists, I was especially nervous about what a U.S.-based reviewer would make of my historical novel, Liberty Bazaar. The story intertwines the experiences of an escaped slave girl and a Confederate general, and this extra complication added to my concern over how the novel would be received in the U.S.
I went down the Kirkus route on the advice of a self-published author whose ...
Absolutes are the hallucinations of culture.
Viscera by Gabriel Squailia is a 2016 book I didn’t get the chance to read last year. I am so glad I made a point to keep it on my TBR because it’s unlike anything I’ve read recently. It’s EXCELLENT.
A secondary world fantasy in which the viscera of Gone-Away Gods literally sustain the bowels of a great city, Viscera follows disparate characters whose stories converge to make up a picture of the Great ...
Here is something poet and Newbery author Kwame Alexander writes in the preface of his brand-new book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, coming to shelves in March. I think I literally applauded when I read this, since sadly, poetry is sometimes the neglected child in language arts educational programs across the country:
“I remember reading and reading lots of poetry in first and second grades. I could
barely contain my excitement when I ‘got’ a poem and could explain ...
When I was a kid, I came across a fantastic book: Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials. It was an art book that depicted a number of well-known aliens from across science fiction literature. There were energy beings, creatures short and tall, of all types of colors and shapes. The book has been a staple in the science fiction community, illustrating the aliens that have largely existed as words on a page.
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials was illustrated by Wayne ...