Welcome to Dog-Eared, a new series of posts where the Book Warriors recap highlights in the book world at the end of the month. We’ll mention inspirational talks, great posts by other bloggers, and maybe even branch out into things and ideas that aren’t children’s literature-related but are worth dog-earring.
Highlights from November 2014:
Ursula K. LeGuin’s sharp, inspiring acceptance speech for a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A fascinating article by the Globe and Mail on the impact book clubs have in prisons. If you needed another reason to read and get children into reading (in fact, get everyone into reading), this is it.
Gate A-4, a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, who has been described by Sharon Levin as “one of those genuinely warm, brilliant people who gives you such hope for the world.”
Daniel Handler makes a racist joke at the National Book Awards. The New York Times blog sums it up pretty succinctly. Jacqueline Woodson’s wonderful response here.
Not exactly new news (I don’t think) but in case you didn’t know, Philip Pullman is writing a companion series (2-volumed work) to His Dark Materials trilogy now titled The Book of Dust. Reports (okay, his twitter) say that the book is still a work in progress and publication will most probably be in 2016. I know Stephie will be celebrating. Read more here.
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, […]
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, […]
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Middlesex meets Mean Girls in this one-of-a-kind YA debut. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love […]
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I tend not to read realistic fiction. For some reason, “family drama,” “high school angst,” or “coming of age” tales in the here-and-now don’t appeal. In general, that is; there are certainly exceptions. Maybe it’s a lingering reluctance from the days when realistic fiction was elevated above “escapist” literature (“escapist” indicating a work with hints […]