Finding Hope Between Light and Darkness, a guest post by Kendall Kulper

One of my favorite blurbs about my book is “The most fun book about murder you’ll ever read,” because it gets to the heart of what I wanted this book to be: touching on the darkness of a serious, important topic but bursting with fun, humor, sweetness, and joy. In Murder for the Modern Girl, … Read more

Middle School Angst in the Sunshine State, a guest post by Nina Moreno

Maggie Diaz is starting the seventh grade with three very big goals. Illustration of Maggie with personality descriptors. First, she wants her own phone. She’s twelve now and it’s way way past time. Second, she wants her bike riding privileges to extend past school so she can go to the park with her friends. Yes, … Read more

We Had to Remove This Post

I didn’t talk to anyone else from our cohort. I wasn’t here to make friends, I told myself – after all, wasn’t that how things had gone south at my last job? Thanks to my having been so, shall we say, sociable, I was now stuck with a blocked credit card. The main reason I’d … Read more

How I Will PROTECT YOU Fills a Gap in Holocaust Education, a guest post by Danica Davidson

There are a number of Holocaust books out there aimed for kids, but there’s nothing like I Will Protect Youa new middle grade (8+) nonfiction book published by Little, Brown that twin Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor and I wrote. I Will Protect You was written to fill a gap in Holocaust education. Eva was an … Read more

Why Learning History Was So Much Easier in China, a guest post by Xiran Jay Zhao

Ever since I started sharing stories from Chinese history online, many people have asked me “How do you know so much of this, Xiran? Are you a historian?” I am not—my degree was in biochemistry. And the truth is that I don’t consider myself an expert of Chinese history, just a mildly knowledgeable enthusiast. My … Read more

Writing Disability and Immigration from a Place of Wholeness, a guest post by Natalia Sylvester

I remember the first time someone told me my identity was “exotic” and checked “all the boxes.” More than 10 years ago, over fries and a milkshake at a diner after I’d attended a book reading, a fellow writer told me they were jealous of me and wished their own life as a white, cis, … Read more

Fairy Tales and Final Girls in THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL, a guest post by RM Romero

Fairy tales and horror may seem like completely dissonant genres, but they actually have many things in common. One of them is their reputation for treating their female characters poorly. They’re objectified damsels in distress who must be rescued by a police man or a huntsman, depending on the era the story takes place in. … Read more

Series are the “Comfort Food” of the Book World, a guest post by Erin Soderberg Downing

I’ve always been an avid series reader. I grew up alongside the members of the Baby-sitter’s Club, devoured Ramona and Fudge (always envious of, and thrilled by, their naughtiness), tested limits with Jessica and Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High imagination, learned how to embrace and cherish my strange Inside Sachar’s Wayside School, comforted myself on … Read more