Girling in the Season of #MeToo

Girling in the Season of #MeToo

It is the season of #MeToo. The hashtag trends. A status, copied and pasted, is shared: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Soon, the status is altered...
Make Fun

Make Fun

Look, it’s been another long year, and my temptation this month is to quote blocks of funny passages from Gordon Korman’s 1981 comic middle-grade novel, I Want to Go Home, and just leave them here without analyzing my childhood or my feeelings. Humor can be a balm, an...
On NaNoWriMo

On NaNoWriMo

This month is NaNoWriMo, a month in which the question “What’s your word count?” separates Nanowrimoes from the rest of the world. The word comes from fragments of the month’s title, National Novel Writing Month; the goal: write 50,000 words of a novel, forego more...
War Rooms

War Rooms

It is probably inevitable The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, a new book about a large family living in New York City, is about real estate.* Karina Yan Glaser’s charming middle-grade contemporary opens about a week before Christmas when the Vanderbeekers learn that...
Virtuous Reality

Virtuous Reality

This summer, I spent some time re-reading Anne of Green Gables, a book that I turned to frequently in my childhood. It was easy to fall into it, but it also made me think of the lessons we learn—the habits we form—when we are young readers. In Lucy Maud Montgomery’s...

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