Cath‘s aesthetic is my aesthetic.
Cath‘s aesthetic is my aesthetic.
Terrifying look at the extreme conservative donors pushing their agenda on the country. I knew this was happening, but I didn‘t realize the full systematic extent of it. Very thorough and a solid read.
Any book that starts with a Brandeis quote gets an instant warm feeling from me.
Anyone want to beta read a YA cozy mystery about high school debate with biracial, LGBTQA, Muslim, and Asian main characters? I‘m at the point in this draft where I‘m remembering how much easier writing was when I wrote theatre and was constantly collaborating.
This book has a lot going on, involving issues relating to gender identity, dealing with immigrant parents, sexual orientation, bullying, sexual assault, and abortion. As a result, it‘s a pretty intense read, and is very much more of a high school YA than a middle school one.
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This book is amazing and now I‘m going to read the whole series.
I had a short conversation with my role model today.
This is a heartfelt look at growing up with a sibling with disabilities–one that doesn‘t gloss over the resentment and jealousy that can occur when a 12 year old has spent much of her childhood expected to make sacrifices because of her sibling.
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Taught sick today so this was perfect. I've been meaning to read Louise Penny, and I'm excited for the Agatha Christie themed book. I'm going to have to eat the cookie before my husband does 🙄Thank you so much, @Avanders ! Gonna drink my new tea and grade #letsgetcozy
A modern society in which demons grant wishes in exchange for physical body parts fits perfectly with contemporary America. The book is focused on Dee, but it does touch on the larger ramifications of living in such a society–the rumors about celebrities and what they may have traded; the fascination around having a prosthetic; the rules the demons lay out to earn humans‘ trust.
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Do you like female friendships, diverse protagonists, badass middle school girls, dinosaurs, some kind of future inter-generational war, and time travel? The answer is yes, so you need to read all 3 volumes of Paper Girls immediately. It is the comic book series you didn't realize you have needed your entire life.
Monty starts out behaving badly, sure, but he changes over the course of the story, and gets called out multiple times. His obliviousness to the challenges Percy faces feels believable and speaks to character. Percy‘s repeated attempts to distance himself from Africans who were not raised as British is fascinating, and I wish that had been explored more.
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My Leadership students are so close to getting a great collection of LGBTQA books for the resource center they're creating and running! We have no resources for our middle schoolers, so my students are pulling this resource center together from nothing.
Any little bit helps: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/fight-hate-with-a-middle-school-lgbtqa-r/27...
Reading a bunch of Asian/Taiwanese American stuff as research for the current novel (half-Taiwanese protagonist) and the YA about Taiwan/Taiwanese-America that's been percolating.
The book often veered into melodrama–which, given the story, could have been really fitting, but instead was so over-the-top it pulled me out. The parts of the story told from Thorn‘s point of view were the most ridiculous. The story would have been served better if we had experienced the mystery along with Rune, instead of knowing so much about Thorne and the Phantom.
Full review: http://mrskaoreads.com/book/roseblood/
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway & was very excited about it. It's ridiculous, but the characters are amazingly written, and it deals with so many fascinating issues. My husband is Taiwanese, so I loved how culturally specific it is. The exploration of the relationship Taiwanese-Americans have to Taiwan and China is so great to see.
This book is crazy fun. The narrative tone of the book is hilarious without distracting from the characters and story, and it subverts so many tropes in a creative way. Despite that, it's not jokey or gimmicky--there's solid character work and genuine emotion, and the specificity in description is great. The concept and humor is a selling point, but not the main feature. I love that an LGBTQA Latina is at the center of the story, too.
This is a sweet little anthology about being thirteen that hits all the usual marks: bullying, trying to fit in, friend drama, first crushes. Each story has a distinct voice, but they definitely feel part of a unified whole. This is a great way to bring up a lot of the issues kids face in middle school.
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