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Diversify Your Shelves--January 4, 2016

Diversify Your Shelves--January 4, 2016
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    On the Freedom of the Borderlands  by Shannon Gibney     One humid August afternoon many years ago, a 12­ year ­old girl huddled in the corner of a staircase, weeping. She was waiting for her parents to come home and comfort her, although she didn’t know if they...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--December 7, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--December 7, 2015
  Contributed by Brandy Colbert   Growing up as a teenager in the ’90s, there weren’t a whole lot of young adult books to choose from. I read whatever I could get my hands on, through either the library, the bookstore, or book fairs, but I wasn’t lucky enough to have...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--November 2, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--November 2, 2015
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  Contributed by Karen Sandler        History can be a hard sell for teens (and many adults). Kids ask, “Why do I have to learn this stuff? It happened a long time ago.” They don’t feel a connection between themselves and what they read in history books. The kind...
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Adding Under a Painted Sky to my TBR list!
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--October 5, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--October 5, 2015
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  Contributed by Maurene Goo   Humor often takes a backseat in YA Land. It just doesn’t get that much love compared to quirky romances about dying teens or girls running around saving the world from evil dystopian governments. Trust, I love all of the above. But as someone who peaked...
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Lisa Yee
Thank you for including me on your list!
Monday, 05 October 2015 19:43
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--September 7, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--September 7, 2015
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  Contributed by Brandy Colbert   Love stories have never been hard to find in fiction. From the unrequited to the unexpected to those two people who deeply care for each other but just can’t seem to get it together, love is often an underlying factor in a story, if not...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--August 3, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--August 3, 2015
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Contributed by Karen Sandler   Riveting page­turners with lots of twists and surprises are so much fun to read. They’re the ones that keep you up late at night, on the edge of your seat with each new revelation. The excitement of suspenseful thrillers can steal your breath when the main...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB
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  Column by Maurene Goo   Maybe it’s because Comic Con is around the corner, or just the general languor that settles in when it’s hot—but summer always makes me want to crack into a good graphic novel and just completely escape. So here are my personal recommendations for some great...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB
  Column by Brandy Colbert   One of the best parts about the creation of We Need Diverse Books is that while the campaign is so important at getting the word out about the diversity gap in publishing and the myriad ways in which we can help close it, it’s also...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB
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  Column by Karen Sandler I’m so delighted to have the opportunity to blog here on YABC. There isn’t much I love more than talking about books, and in particular talking about diversity and inclusiveness in kidlit. And since my favorite genre is science fiction, that inspired my first three diverse...
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Diversify Your Shelves With WNDB!

Diversify Your Shelves With WNDB!
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Columnist: Maurene Goo   It’s very exciting to write the debut post for this new series of diversity recs for YABC! As a member of We Need Diverse Books and as a YA author who started this entire journey because I wanted to see books that reflected something close to my...
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CJ Redwine, Site and Staff Manager
I need ALL of these books!
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