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The Spirit Must Endure: Voicefull Recommends An Ember in the Ashes

This is the book I never intended to read. I’ll explain. I first heard of Sabaa Tahir through Instagram, probably through one of the many YA authors that I follow on that platform, and I fell in love with her immediately. She is in full command of some truly delicious snark, makes her vegetables talk …

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Making Reading Magical Again: Recommendation of Wintersong

There is nothing more magical than diving into another world when you’re a child, whether it’s through a good movie, a video game, or for me, a really great book. In his book Why Write?, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson discusses the particulars of reading as a child. He writes that reading when you’re …

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Seeing Myself: Recommendation of The Star-Touched Queen

Growing up in the nineties and early 2000’s, I didn’t encounter many young characters of color in the novels I perused. The majority of my favorite books had white male protagonists. I reread books like Tangerine by Edward Bloor, and Holes by Louis Sachar, because they featured outcasts trying to find a home for themselves, …

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