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When the Queer Lit Was Enough

by Ryy Dickerson When people halfheartedly say that Young Adult literature is extremely white, I laugh. Being a person of color and queer means often times I find myself in a young adult book either as the gay character or the character of color. Not too often do I get a chance to see myself [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on When the Queer Lit Was Enough

If You Haven’t Seen

by Edith Campbell Back in October 2015 my daughter shared news with me about the book Large Fears by Myles Johnson and Kendrick Daye and I was so excited that I posted about it on FaceBook. I was easily engaged by the artwork and intrigued by the story of a young black boy who daydreamed [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on If You Haven’t Seen

Editing Diversity in Chile – Part 2

by Daniela Cortés del Castillo  I’ve already covered the challenges I’ve faced at Loba Ediciones when trying to publish diversely. Now I’d like to speak briefly about what happens when I change my hat and become an editor working with an author. Editing with intersectional feminism in mind is not easy. You carry around a lot [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Publishing People|Comments Off on Editing Diversity in Chile – Part 2

Publishing Diversity in Chile – Part 1

by Daniela Cortés del Castillo I thought about writing this guest post about my experiences as a young reader and how, as a teenager, there were no kidslikeme in the books I read, and how fantastic and helpful for my sense of self it would have been if there were. Now, all of these things [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Publishing People|Comments Off on Publishing Diversity in Chile – Part 1

Latinx Gay YA

by Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez There remains a great need for Latinx Gay young adult literature. The list below is a compilation of texts that center and complicate these experiences. I’ve decided to make this list a space dedicated to stories written by self-identifying Latinx authors who have created gay Latinx protagonists. There are certainly [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Lists, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Latinx Gay YA

When Books Save Lives… And When They Don’t

(warning for discussion of suicide) by Alex Sanchez Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2001) When my first novel, Rainbow Boys, was about to be published my editor asked me, “Do you realize this book isgoing to save lives?” I wondered if he’d confused my book with someone else’s. But then [...]

By | May 9th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on When Books Save Lives… And When They Don’t

5 Reasons to Love Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) opens in the summer of 1987 in El Paso, Texas and follows Aristotle Mendoza’s journey toward self-discovery. Fifteen year old Ari is smart and witty but quite isolated from other boys his own age. However, after meeting Dante Quintana at [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Archive, Book Review|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Love Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Review: Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

Stranger (Viking Juveline, 2014) Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|Archive, Book Review, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Review: Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith