This is an excellent article in the New York Times about YA lit exploring the topic of sexual assault.
And here’s another great article in School Library Journal about teens and what they’re dealing with in their lives today, and why they might want to read “dark” YA stories.
This week, I’m blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors about the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter here in the U.S. Click over to read it.
20 years!!!! Happy birthday, Harry.
Twelve-year-old Josephine has a lot on her plate, best friend issues, first crush issues, divorced parent issues, twin brother issues…and then her mom hits her with news that shakes her to her core: a breast cancer diagnosis. Read more on
Surprised — and delighted — to see MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK in this great #kidlit list of books about girls & friendship. Head over to A Mighty Girl for the full list of titles.
Today America mourns the death of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul. She died from pancreatic cancer, the disease that took my father, too. If you or someone you know is struggling with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), which is working to increase survival rates of this deadly form of cancer.
So it’s officially official. And February 2019 feels really close all of a sudden. So excited.
Yep, it’s back to school season. I know, I know, it’s a ways off for those of us in the Northeast, but it’s getting close(r). Over at RetailMeNot, I asked some moms I know for their back-to-school season rituals.
Restaurant reviews are so much fun to do. Thanks to Rural Intelligence for letting me check out the new Hudson Valley seafood restaurant, Catch 38.
Hey, fans of middle-grade #kidlit, come on over to From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors for a visit. The site has been updated and upgraded, and we’ve got plenty of fun new content, contests, and more.