Later this week, I’m headed to New York to finally, finally see Hamilton.
Which has me more than a little excited.
So, of course, it made me wonder: what’s out there for recent musical theater YA? It seems like something that we’d see a lot of, right? High potential for drama, because backstage shenanigans and close quarters and heightened emotion. Tailor made literary parallels, since the story would be centered around a play. And, on the purely commercial side of ...
Angie Thomas photographed by Anissa Hidouk.
It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are individual, particular to specific families, neighborhoods, and communities, not generic fodder for hashtags and sound bites.
Thomas says she sometimes ...
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 ...
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 ...
Photo courtesy Joseph Zoboi
When Ibi Zoboi's family moved from Haiti to Bushwick, Brooklyn, they found that the change wasn’t as positive as they’d hoped. “Sometimes if we’re trying to leave somewhere broken, we’re moving into somewhere that’s even more broken,” Zoboi says. At the time, Bushwick was underresourced, underserved, and unsafe—and presented a whole different set of challenges for new arrivals, no matter what difficulties they were leaving behind.
Now, of course, Bushwick is best known for its trendy bars and ...
BOOK REPORT for The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston
Can’t UnseeBFF Charm:
Modern HistoryBonus Factors:
Female Gladiators, CleopatraRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Can’t Unsee
At first, I was going to talk about how the young woman on this cover looks like a gladiator, which is fitting for a book about a young, female gladiator. But then I spotted the column in the background with its ...
Is it too late to put together a short list of the February books I’m looking forward to? Ah well, I’m sorry—that question was clearly disingenuous, because obviously I’ve made the list regardless. There are so, so many new releases to be excited about, and the fact that I have a big pile of them on hand makes the sixteen inches of snow we just got last night feel like a good excuse to hunker down and read, read, read ...