YA reader Riley Jensen shares her thoughts on the upcoming romantic comedy A SHOW FOR TWO by Tashie Bhuiyan
I owe a lot of my knowledge and fascination with history to the passion with which Chinese culture honors its past and the skills of storytellers in passing this heritage to new generations, and I hope to bring some of this passion to a young Western audience.
When I was in middle school, the word “nerd” was thrown around a lot, a word that then meant someone who was too much, who loved something too deeply. This passion was a delicate flame within me when I was 14, a little older than Elissa, the protagonist of my novel, We Are the Song.
When I finally found my way to writing a novel about growing up as an immigrant with hip dysplasia, it was this wholeness—not parts of me segmented into boxes—that guided me. I wrote Breathe and Count Back from Ten because the only way I can imagine creating books in a world that draws boundaries around my identity is to write myself beyond them.
Teen librarian Cindy Shutts shares the basic theme and organization of her library's summer reading challenge for this year
I highly recommend this engrossing read and already need to see what mystery Iris and Alice will tackle next. Great read.
Teen Librarian Karen Jensen shares some of the online resources she's reading and talking about for the month of May
As much as my younger self loved final girls like Gerda from The Snow Queen, Buffy Summers, and Clarice Starling however, these characters didn’t exactly reflect my lived experience. They were all white women and they were all at least coded as being Christian, if not outright stated to be so. So in 2019, I decided to write a final girl who was like me: Ilana Lopez, the biracial heroine of The Ghosts of Rose Hill.
Teen/YA reader Riley Jensen shares 5 new releases to add to your TBR list for the month of May
I like to think series books are the “Comfort Tacos” of the book world; they pull you in and swaddle you up in a world where you know you belong, know you feel comfortable, and where everything is just a little easier.