Monthly Archives: July 2014

Book Review: Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Title: Jumping Off Swings Author: Jo Knowles Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: August 11, 2009 Source: E-book purchased by reviewer Reviewer: Cindy Minnich Summary (From Goodreads):  One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Title: Beauty Queens Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Libba Bray Publisher: Scholastic Press Release Date: May 24th, 2011 Source: Audiobook borrowed from the library Reviewer: Sarah Andersen Summary (From Goodreads):  The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this … Continue reading

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Intro to Gender Relations: Syllabus

There has been no shortage of discussion in the news about gender relations. Stories about bullying, sexual harassment, slut-shaming, and double-standards abound. So much of adolescence is about learning to find your place in and among the groups around you … Continue reading

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Summer Session 2014: Relaunching and Reimagining YA Lit 101

When we got a few messages asking us whether we would be doing YA Lit 101 again, we had to think about what we wanted to do. Last summer we spent time introducing teachers and readers to genres and discussing … Continue reading

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