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Diversify Your Shelves: "A Line in the Dark Release"

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A Line in the Dark Release   The YA world finally gets to have more Malinda Lo to read! I had the pleasure of beta reading this book, and this deliciously dark thriller is one of my favorites by Malinda. Just look at this stunning cover! Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Truths and Mirrors"

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Truths and Mirrors by Akemi Dawn Bowman   Starfish  is a book about family, and identity, and finding hope in a world that often makes it difficult. But it’s also a story about how necessary the truth can be. I know what it feels like to be afraid to tell your story,...
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Diversify Your Shelves: Angry Heroines Get Stuff Done

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Angry Heroines Get Stuff Done By F.C. Yee  THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO was definitely not the first book I’d ever written. Back when it only existed as a single chapter and some ideas about the characters, I was trying to get a completed middle grade book off the ground....
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Diversify Your Shelves: "Beyond Diversity--Can I Be Wonder Woman?"

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Beyond Diversity— “Can I be Wonder Woman?” By Imani Josey   I don’t have a daughter yet, but if I did, I would have taken her to see Wonder Woman . And I’m sure she would have been enamored as much as I was. It’s also safe to assume she’d be...
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Diversify Your Shelves: "Reclaiming Taipei with Want"

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  Even before there was  Ghost in the Shell , there was  LUCY . Admittedly, it was pretty much agreed that  LUCY  was a crappy movie all round, but I only had to suffer the trailer to know that it was not for me. It opens with ScarJo kidnapped by Taiwanese...
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Diversify Your Shelves--Q & A with Malinda Lo


The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark. Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"The Stories You Have to Tell"

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THE STORIES YOU HAVE TO TELL by Traci Chee   When I was in college, I started work on a novel about about a boy who travels into the afterlife to find his dead sister. It was set in a small mountain town similar to my own--it had the same smell...
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Diversify Your Shelves-- "Redefining Super"

Diversify Your Shelves-- "Redefining Super"



Redefining Super contributed by C.B. Lee   I’ve lived with depression and suicidal ideation since I was a teenager, much of it stemming from an overwhelming need to live up to my parents and my own expectations, along with never feeling I was good enough, and never feeling like I fit...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Summer of Discovery"

Diversify Your Shelves--"Summer of Discovery"


Summer of Discovery contributed by Lilliam Rivera   Various tables were lined up against the wall of the auditorium, divided into sections. Interested in the arts? You might want to work in a community-run theater. Lawyer? Perhaps, a summer job in a law firm. I was fourteen years old and I...
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Diversify Your Shelves--"Rap Saved my Life, Yo!"

Diversify Your Shelves--"Rap Saved my Life, Yo!"


Rap Saved My Life, Yo! contributed by Sonia Patel   Difficult circumstances did not gift me the luxury to write flowery prose. But lack of destitution afforded me the privilege to write about real woes. Mine and those of girls right under your nose. Like Rani in Rani Patel In Full...
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