Hachette Children’s Group Snags Rights to ‘Speak’ Graphic Novel

Hachette Children’s Group Snags Rights to ‘Speak’ Graphic Novel

When Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was published in 1999, it immediately spoke to thousands of teenage girls. Finally, something was capturing an all too common threat across high schools and colleges: sexual assault. The powerful story that has sparked conversations across high schools is now getting a powerful reboot in graphic novel form thanks to Hachette Children’s Group. Kate Agar has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to Speak: The Graphic Novel from Macmillan, who published the work with illustrations by Emily Carroll, in the United States earlier this year. The story that took high schools and colleges by storm …

5 Incredible Books for Celebrating National Poetry Month

5 Incredible Books for Celebrating National Poetry Month

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For the non-poetry reader, finding ways to celebrate National Poetry Month can be hard. We’re making it easier for you to find your next favorite book while also celebrating the beautiful art of poetry! 1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover   After the death of her father, Layken moves away from sunny Texas to snow-ridden Michigan with her brother and mother. She immediately finds love in their neighbor, Will Cooper. Will introduces Layken to the wonderful world of slam poetry through an open mic night at a local club. Though their relationship gets more and more complicated, their love for poetry remains …

This Week’s Top Genre Must-Reads: Young Adult

This Week’s Top Genre Must-Reads: Young Adult

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Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with an 12-18 age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels is adults (as our audience can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, with a lot of themes about growing up into adulthood and dealing with the perils of being a teenager mixed in. Below, are …

The 10 Hottest YA Releases of March 2019

The 10 Hottest YA Releases of March 2019

Winter might be cold—but these releases are guaranteed to be hot! We’ve got political dystopias; tragic, time-travel romances; and… genderqueer werewolves? Three months in, and 2019 already has more diverse reads than some years altogether. January saw the release of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, a heartbreaking depiction of a Bangladeshi lesbian whose parents force her into an arranged marriage upon discovering her sexuality. In February, we got the newest Angie Thomas release: On the Come Up, a poignant yet raw foray into poverty, ambition, and hip-hop. Hurry up and read these ten phenomenal releases—it won’t be long …

‘Speak’ Author Laurie Halse Anderson to Release Poetic Memoir About Sexual Assault

‘Speak’ Author Laurie Halse Anderson to Release Poetic Memoir About Sexual Assault

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“who does that? she asked thread by thread stitching the whos to hers whys to the hows” -Laurie Halse Anderson, SHOUT     The above self-questioning scene maybe speaks for those who have experience with sexual assault: why me? Why him? Why her? How? How? How—— Laurie Halse Anderson knows it deeply. Best known for her young adult novel Speak, Anderson has decided to break the silence and the ever-lasting self-doubt, and shout out her own experiences with sexual assault to the world via her memoir SHOUT which is woven out of powerful, poetic words, to empower those unmuted hearts.     According to Bustle, …