Sarah Dessen is well known for her Young Adult contemporary novels. This past summer she released her fourteenth novel, The Rest of the Story. All of her novels focus on a teen girl, so of course her key demographic is teen girls, but apparently Northern State University found her novels compelling enough to add to their “Common Read”, which is a book the entire university is asked to read. One of the students attending the school at the time decided to voice her opinion, in which she stated according to Newsweek, that Dessen is great for teens but is not up to the level of Common Read, so she worked closely with the program to stop them from choosing one of her books.
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Dessen then took it upon herself to post a screenshot of the comment, which then led to fans and authors rallying to her side. Authors such as Jodi Picoult, Angie Thomas, Jenny Han, Roxane Gay and many more.
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Then a couple days later, Dessen decided to apologize for the twitter outrage she caused and the attack on the student that made the comment.
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Other authors followed suit and even the school tweeted an apology. The girl however had to deactivate her social media accounts due to backlash from fans for her comment, which was made in 2016. She now studies languages with a focus on cyber harassment. According to her, she is using her experience as a guide to help her understand how language is used to express many different perspectives.
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With the change of the seasons comes a change in the Horoscopes. From November 23 and December 21 it’s time for the Sagittarius of the world to shine.
The born adventurers of the Zodiac, Sagittarius are free-spirited, independent, and honest people. With a blend of deep thought, optimism, and intense curiosity, this is the sign that will embark on the greatest of adventures, packing humor and heart in their backpack. Here are some books that will take you on a journey, either in the world, in your mind, or in your spirit; and if you are not born into the sign, but still have an interest in these books, then there may be a little bit of a Sagittarius in you.
Explore the legend and magic of Vlad the Impaler, more widely known as Dracula. Theodora always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps as a treasure hunter, but never had her father’s permission. Now that his life is in danger during the most recent expedition, it is now up to Theodora to leap into action with the help of her father’s protégé, to save her father, uncover the mystery, and live to tell the tale.
Meet the Good Luck Girls! Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings, they fight to survive and find freedom for themselves in a country that does not want them to. With everything against them, and their situation growing worse and worse every passing moment, these women will stop at nothing to blaze a path to freedom. This action-packed thriller will take you in a whirlwind ride that inspires us all to fight for ourselves and those that we love.
Not all adventures can be so upbeat, but we do what we must when a friend is in danger. This is the pledge that Nate has taken up, to venture into the unknown of the snowy woods to find his long-lost friend Dodge, but dangers and secrets lurk around every corner, and Nate’s innocent trek to finding closure for his trauma and loss may result in his demise.
For the deep thinkers out there, this comical, non-fiction book takes a real look at some morbidly intriguing questions. Author Caitlin Doughty, who is a funeral director by trade, was inspired to write this book thanks to the flood of death-related questions that were tossed her way. Let’s face it, death is everywhere. Up in space, down in the ocean, potentially in your next meal. Death is all around us, and yet, it is such a mystery. So embark on an adventure through the deep and philosophical shower-thought questions that plague us throughout the night!
Young Chloe Pierce dreams of being a ballet dancer, and an opportunity to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams opens up at last. To her dismay, Chloe’s mom forbids her to apply to the nearest audition two hundred miles away. Starry-eyed and eager to follow her dreams, Chloe devises a secret plan to drive herself to the audition. This upbeat, road-trip adventure is a testament to all the dreamers out there. Go where you want to go, be who you want to be!
Fans of children’s horror stories will want to check out this new show coming to HBO Max.
Varietyreported that the upcoming streaming service is developing an anthology series based on Point Horror, a series of young adult horror novels that started in the 1980’s and helped launch the careers of several horror writers like R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and Diane Hoh.
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The HBO series will be titled Point Horror, and will be an anthology series described as a show that “exposes the horrors of being a teenager”. The show will take stories from many different novels in the series, but it’s rumored that most of the episodes will be based on Stine’s work.
John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is in talks to direct the pilot episode. Stine is set to executive produce.
This past September 1st, the newest and the coolest from Mary Amato was released. The award-winning children’s and YA book author, songwriter, and poet from the happiest state in the United States—Maryland.
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Waking up on the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, Lacy is, to say the least, confused. Turns out she’s dead and it’s up to Sam, a young soldier who died in 1865, to teach her the ins and outs of the afterlife.
Of course, Lacy would much rather figure out how she died, but unfortunately every soul is obligated to perform a job. Thus, she is given the task of providing entertainment.
Finding a way around this, Lacy proposes an open mic for the dead, but not only do long-buried truths rise up with the dead, but Lacy is under the threat of Suppression—a punishment worse than death.
In this fully realized world, our spirits are lifted up and brought on a hard rocking adventure. As Kirkus Reviews puts it, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Encore.’”
On her website, Rena Barron notes that while she “loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes,” and is “a self-proclaimed space nerd,” it was “stories of magic and adventure” that initially “sparked her imagination.”
She’s honed her craft for years and brought us Maya and the Rising Dark. Well, September 3rd we were given a spellbinding book that must be possessed, because it hasn’t let us go.
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A failure in all things magic, things aren’t looking too good for Arrah, the heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, but maybe she has to find her own magic.
When the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, Arrah turns to a forbidden, dangerous ritual where she must trade years of life for magic.
With her clock running out, Arrah must combat a rising tide of darkness that threatens to consume her and all those she loves.
Heart pounding, spell binding, this book won’t let you go.
Sadie has raised her younger sister Mattie all on her own. That is, until Mattie was murdered. Following a botched police investigation, Sadie goes to bring her sister’s killer to justice using what little clues are out there.
Sadie’s journey for justice becomes more than a one hit wonder when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—broadcasts Sadie’s story to the world.
Now West McCray hopes to find Sadie before she ends up like her sister, and Sadie fears that Mattie’s killer, newly alerted, might just slip away again.
This young adult thriller will swoon any lover of YA, or a crime novelist enthusiast. It’ll have you riveted until the last page. Layered and fascinating, it’s ambitious and doesn’t hold back.
Author of Starfish, a book that swam into our hearts, comes a book that soars even higher since it took flight since its early September release date.
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We follow Rumi Seto, a woman who is unsure of most things except for one: she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.
After Lea’s tragic death, Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life.
With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi will try to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.
What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game?
If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist.
The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.
Kirkus Reviews sums it up as “[p]owerful,” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an engaging page-turner,” and we here at Bookstr say that this top notch high school drama about fighting prejudice SCORES!
Whether you celebrate this month’s holiday of Thanksgiving or not, the cold season brings us a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, warm clothes, and of course enough book content to fill your plate ten times over! So round the family up, and enjoy these amazing adaptations Netflix and Hulu have to offer.
Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
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Margaret Atwood:A Word After a Word After a Word is Power (2019 Documentary) – November 19th, Hulu