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Friday’s Forgotten Books, Banned Books Week Edition: The Hate U Give

It’s ironic that people would fight for censorship of a book that advocates using your voice to seek justice. Starr Carter is a sixteen-year-old girl who has grown up in a rough neighborhood called Garden Heights. Her dad used to be in a gang and did time, but has cleaned up his life. Through an...

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Fiction: Stepping Stones

Short Fiction by Neil Plakcy Content Warning: This story addresses sexual abuse and may be difficult for some individuals to read. It took me a long time to figure out, but I finally understand why my stepfather married my mother. It was for me. When Richie came into our lives, I was twelve, and my...

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10 #OwnVoices, Asian-inspired Fantasy YA Books of 2019

by Margaret Kingsbury This year brings a lot of amazing Asian #OwnVoices YA fantasy. While Asian characters and settings have been a part of fantasy for a long time, often these settings and cultural practices have been appropriated by white authors, and stereotypes abound. That’s one reason why it’s so important for more #OwnVoices Asian...