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These authors weave examinations of race, class, and social justice into their stories of adolescence, and their characters are often left questioning everything they know. Dear Martin, for instance, features many of the hallmarks of high-school drama: fragmented cliques, awkward crushes, and shifting friendships. But from the first chapter, Stone, who worked in teen mentoring before writing the novel, sets her focus on graver concerns. A simple question—What would Martin do if he were alive?—guides the novel’s protagonist throughout his senior year, as he encounters everything from his white classmates’ racism (down to one guy dressing up as a Klansman for Halloween) to police profiling. And while Justyce is drawn to King’s teachings of resilience and nonviolence, he is put increasingly on edge as he observes the failures of the world around him.
Imagine Entertainment has picked up feature film rights to Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn.
The love story, told in the vein of A Thousand and One Nights, centers on the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, who takes a new bride every dawn only to execute her by sunrise. But when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, with a plan to stay alive and exact revenge for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls, she finds herself falling in love with him and that not all is as it seems with the young king. Shahrzad sets out to find the truth and stop the cycle of killing.
California has become the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in primary schools, the Advocate reports.
The California State Board of Education on Thursday approved 10 textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that include coverage of the historical contributions of LGBT people, and rejected two that failed to include such coverage.
California’s 2011 FAIR Education Act requires that schools teach about historical figures who were LGBT or who had disabilities. This is a victory!
AHHHH! Check out Leah! And this color palette! It’s so beautiful and we CANNOT wait to see it on our shelves right next to Simon because the two books go together so well!
Becky Albertalli’s upcoming Leah on the Offbeat has a cover and it’s freaking amazing! Here is a fat, bisexual character on a cover and she gives precisely zero f*cks.