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You Tell Us: What’s Your Go-to Book Recommendation?

Hello PubCrawlers! Now that my debut YA novel, Ivory and Bone is out in the world, some of my friends who don’t normally read YA have given it a try. Most of these friends have discovered they enjoy YA, (hooray!) and a few have asked me for further recommendations. So today we’d like you to tell us: What’s your go-to book recommendation—YA or otherwise? Here are a few of ours. Please share yours in the […]

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Girl Friendships in YA

Many years ago in university I took a course called Gender & Friendship in Literature, discussing the portrayals of different kinds of friendships in literature. We read books such as Little Women, Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men, and I found it extremely enlightening. We discussed the imbalance of power in friendships at length, and how it seemed rare that two people of the same gender on exactly equal footing could maintain a legitimate […]

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Memorable Fictional Teachers

With the end of the school year fast approaching in many places, it is also a time when students offer their thanks to the many amazing teachers who made a lasting impact, and are thankful to leave the awful ones behind. From Kindergartners to University Graduates, all have memories of great and not so great teachers, and in honour of these teachers we thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the most […]

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Books to Movies

Whenever I hear of an upcoming movie adaptation of a book (especially a book I love), I have a mixed reaction. Part of me is excited beyond belief to see a favourite story brought to life on the big screen. I imagine who could play the lead roles, how the book might look on screen, and start lining up the appropriate bookish friends to go see it with. The other part of me is wringing […]

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How One Writer Found Inspiration to Bring Life to Silenced Voices

I’m thrilled to introduce author Shannon Parker as our special guest today. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Shannon is here to talk about her upcoming YA debut, The Girl Who Fell, about a high school senior who is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school. Shannon M Parker shares the inspiration for The Girl Who Fell. But It is such a small word. Three tiny letters. […]

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