March 2, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
Between Safe and Real wasn’t fun to write and it’s unlikely readers will think it’s fun to read, but I’m okay with that because I truly believe representation matters, even when it’s not fun.
February 23, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
A first purchase and a must-read. Prepare to be haunted and chilled to the bone by this exceptional story.
August 27, 2020 by Amanda MacGregor
Hartl does an excellent job showing how reality can look so very different from how something appears online. With an interesting cast of characters, layered backstories (trauma, grief, heartbreak, poverty, and more), and quick dialogue, I #lovedthisstory.
May 5, 2020 by Amanda MacGregor
As Kit says, "What better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and a sword?"
May 5, 2020 by Amanda MacGregor
"The notion of radical honesty contains many elements, but a core one is that you can bring about change by being honest. I try to be honest in my life and in my fiction, so, I’ll just come out and say it: I have been very, very poor at certain times in my life," Pacton shares, in this honest and illuminating post about the poverty in her new book and in her own life.
May 8, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description Luke and Toby have always had each other’s backs. But then one choice—or maybe it is a series of choices—sets them down an irrevocable path. We’ll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later—from death row. This thought-provoking novel is an exploration of friendship, […]
November 13, 2017 by Karen Jensen, MLS
This book will rip your heart right out of your chest. Several times. Literally. Publisher’s Book Description: Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, […]
November 7, 2017 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description The Closest I’ve Come is a must-read from talented first-time author Fred Aceves, in the tradition of Walter Dean Myers. Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his […]
July 2, 2017 by Karen Jensen, MLS
This summer The Teen has been spending a lot of time with me in the Teen MakerSpace, and it has been an enlightening experience for her. Let me tell you some of what these teens have talked to her about: One of our regular teens has an incarcerated father. Two of our teens have fathers […]
April 16, 2017 by Karen Jensen, MLS
A teen looks up from a project she is working on and realizes that she has been working too long, she has missed it. She comes to our Teen MakerSpace every day after school and stays until closing. But she leaves every night around 6:00 PM to go to the local dinner. You see poverty […]
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