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Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

These days, it’s pretty hard to imagine the YA landscape without Sarah Dessen. With a body of work that has earned her a Margaret A. Edwards award for her contributions to children’s literature and a thoughtful, accessible writing style that has ensnared a loyal legion of fans, Dessen is a staple in the field. Her […]

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Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Sorry not sorry, but people (including me) have been losing their heads over Six, a new pop concert musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. After debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Six began an open run in London’s West End. It also recently made its American premiere, opening at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, […]

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These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Natasha is trying to save her family from deportation. Daniel, bogged down by his family’s expectations, is attempting to find himself. Natasha believes in science and facts. Daniel is a poet. Then one moment brings the two together, and in 24 short hours, they learn their worlds, though different, aren’t so separate after all. The […]

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YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

Over 20 years after the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there is a new entry in the Buffyverse: Kiersten White’s Slayer, which hit shelves on January 8. White’s latest YA novel follows Nina and her twin sister, Artemis. Both have been raised at the Watchers Academy, an organization responsible for protecting Slayer lore, demon knowledge, and […]

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The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

Cindy: After last week’s midterm elections concluded, one issue had bipartisan support: everyone applauded the end of the political TV ads and robocalls. I figure we have six weeks or so before the 2020 ads appear and perhaps some of you don’t know what to do with your free time, now that you’re not fact-checking lies […]

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Waterproof YA: 10 Swimming-Themed Novels

Waterproof YA: 10 Swimming-Themed Novels

With summer in full swing, teens deserve lit that’s as cool and refreshing as a jump in the deep end. The following titles all feature a strong swimming motif, and are perfect for young readers trying to beat the heat—or those hiding in the cold, wishing for its return.   Aquamarine, by Alice Hoffman This […]

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SPEAK, Suffragettes, and Sexual Violence: Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on Her Seminal YA Novel
By January 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

SPEAK, Suffragettes, and Sexual Violence: Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on Her Seminal YA Novel

In 1999, a woman who was to become a major voice in YA made her fiction debut with the novel Speak: a spare, biting, redemptive story about a girl starting high school as an outcast in the aftermath of her rape. It’s been nearly two decades since the publication of Speak, and Laurie Halse Anderson, its […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: STARHAMMER
By February 8, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: STARHAMMER

Followers of my Webcomics Wednesday posts might notice a recurring theme: I cover a lot of webcomics about young girls who suddenly find themselves gifted with magic powers. Though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like that trope, there’s another reason I cover it so often: The world of webcomics is simply flooded with […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Cindy: I managed to keep my list to ten titles this year, a miracle, really. It helps that I can rest easy knowing that other personal favorites are appearing on Lynn’s lists. It’s always hard to pick just a small number as so many books become favorites for different reasons. The Twelve Days of Dash […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
By November 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

In this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking to the sea! Marina Julia’s supernatural tale, The House on the Cliff, takes place in a picturesque oceanside town, sharply divided by the actions of one woman. Long ago, a witch emerged from the waves, bringing along her ample powers, as well as a team of […]