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Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

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Sexuality, Gender, and Race: On YA’s Lack of Intersectionality for Queer Girls

I’ve written about diversity in children’s literature here and here. I’ve also talked about it a ton on social media. There are times when I feel I’ve expressed everything there is to express and then, there are times like this morning, when an incredible discussion on identity politics, sexuality, and gender breaks out on Twitter… Read more »

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October Wrap-Up (New Books, Adventures, and Getting Organized)

Hello Readers! Better yet, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! October has been such a wild/crazy/rough/exhausting blur of a month, so while I can’t say I’m sad to see it go I’m not thrilled either as a lot of great things happened. For instance… I bought & read some amazing books (epic poem in the case of Paradise Lost):*… Read more »

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Book Gush: POINTE by Brandy Colbert

Blurb Theo is better now. She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor. Donovan isn’t talking about what… Read more »

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Book Gush: THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough

Hey, Readers! Happy Sunday. So, I recently read an amazing book, and I was like, I should review this. However, review didn’t sound quite right. I don’t want to rank this book, I want to shout how much I love it to the world. That got me thinking about how with my SHC client, Dahlia… Read more »

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Interview with Amber Lough (Author of THE FIRE WISH)

Hello Readers 😀 Happy Saturday!! Today I have the talented Amber Lough for another amazing author interview! Hello! I’m Amber, and I wrote THE FIRE WISH, a fantasy set in both Baghdad and a jinni cavern, in the 9th century. You’ve created such a rich and magnificent world in THE FIRE WISH…the setting is basically a… Read more »

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Judging a Book by its Cover: My Favorite 2014 Covers (January-June)*

Middle Grade Madness I love each of these covers for different reasons. By the Grace of Todd‘s cover has a great contrast between the black & white and the color. I also like the sense of wonder you get as Todd looks down. With Caminar‘s cover it’s how different it is from most MG covers I see,… Read more »

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THE SUMMER I WASN’T ME by Jessica Verdi

The Summer I Wasn’t Me Sourcebooks Fire, April 1, 2014 ISBN 9781402277887 Lexi has a secret… Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen year old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good. You are on the road to truth. Help… Read more »