The trouble was, sometimes she couldn’t help giving people a Look. Because sometimes, people deserved it.
And she thought things. More and more often, as she got older, she wanted to say them. Sometimes she barely managed to stop herself.
Thinking things and having a Look were not good deportment. Good deportment, as one learned at Miss Ellicott’s School, meant being shamefast and biddable.
Miss Ellicott’s School—where Surplus ...
BOOK REPORT for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
After School SpecialBFF Charm:
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Heartbreak and HopeBonus Factors:
Therapy, Kickass Gram, DiversityAnti-Bonus Factors:
Violent Death, Awful ParentsRelationship Status:
Here For You
Cover Story: After School Special
This cover doesn’t give much away about the story within, but it certainly implies that there’s a story to tell. The pending text message, the cracked glass, the title itself—this book isn’t going ...
There are HEAPS of books coming out this month, and I want to read a LOT of them.
Let’s take a look!
A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold
I’ve already written about this treasure at length, but my love is such that I can’t let a single opportunity to recommend it pass me by. Buy it, read it, love it, gift it to others.
Amina’s Voice, by Hena Khan
I’ve already read this one as well, and it ...
Kelly Jensen photographed by Jennifer Brister.
Algonquin published Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on January 24, three days after 673 women’s marches and nearly five million feminists took their sneakers—and voices—to streets across the globe.
The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, and it’s easy to imagine that this scrapbook-style anthology bubbled up as a post-election season battle cry, a response to casual remarks about “pussy grabbing” and “nasty women.”
Algonquin did push the anthology’s February 28th publication date one ...
BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors: Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels
Cover Story: Statementastic
Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in a pair of her trademark Jordans.
Starr Carter belongs to two worlds – her poor black neighborhood ...
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 ...