PICK UP THE NEAREST BOOK TO YOU, TURN TO PAGE 45. THE FIRST SENTENCE DESCRIBES YOUR LOVE LIFE.
"These high-altitude dandelions had roots as large as carrots, and they were not bitter at all."- E. Gibbons, Stalking the Faraway Places, 1973, p. 45.
"He nerved himself for a second disappointment; he was going to try U Medvídků again, in case they had gone back there.” - Caleb Crain, Necessary Errors
"Dr. Kevorkian has just unstrapped me from the gurney after yet another controlled near-death experience." - Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
"Then why has it survived?"
- Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
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A little late for Towel Day, but still in that same spirit.
I want to hang these on my wall.
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Libraries should be ‘information dojos,’ [Cory] Doctorow says, ‘where communities come together to teach each other black-belt information literacy; where initiates work alongside novitiates to show them how to master the tools of the networked age from the bare metal up.’ Now, librarians and their supporters in the nonprofit, academic, and policy worlds have taken up the gauntlet. Together, they’re designing best practices, securing funding, conducting research, and recruiting schools and teachers, cobbling together the gears and circuitry of a culture that they say has the potential to forever change the way children learn.
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I’m very lucky to write for children, because I don’t have to deal with popular culture. I can just deal with core fundamental issues: jealousy, love, hatred, sadness, joy, wanting to drive a bus. The fundamental core emotional things. And just asking questions like, ‘How do you know when you’re in control? What is a friend? What are relationships between people?’ These are all things that I haven’t figured out yet. I’m very lucky in that I don’t understand the world yet. If I understood the world, it would be harder for me to write these books.
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10 young adult books that feature queer couples on the cover:
- Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2007)
- Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown, 2005)
- The God Box by Alex Sanchez (Simon Pulse, 2009)
- Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (Walker, 2013)
- Homo by Michael Harris (James Lorimer & Co., 2012)
- Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
- Crush by Carrie Mac (Orca, 2006)
- Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole (Bella Books, 2012)
- Boys of Summer edited by Steve Berman (Bold Strokes Books, 2012)
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Knopf, forthcoming August 2013)
From “Representing LGBT Romance on Young Adult Book Covers” by Malinda Lo
Two read, eight to add to the list.
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