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A teacher's opinions on YA literature and the state of public education in America.

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

Chris and Win are best friends. Senior year is over, and before they move on—Win to Dartmouth, Chris to Georgia Tech—they manage to convince their parents to let them cycle from West Virginia, their home state, to Washington, where Win’s uncle waits … [Continue reading]

Update on SCARS challenge!

I just got off the phone with a lady from the Boone County Public Library, and Scars by Cheryl Rainfield is officially staying on the shelf! Woot woot! The press release hasn't gone public yet, but this is straight from the source. Way to go, … [Continue reading]

S.L.A.T.E. Intellectual Freedom Award

While I do plan to get back to posting reviews very soon, I wanted to share some pictures from the Kentucky Council for Teachers of English/ Language Arts conference this past weekend in Covington, Kentucky. I was elected to serve on the board for … [Continue reading]

Scars is Challenged in Kentucky

It brought back ugly feelings inside me when I received notification that Scars by Cheryl Rainfield had been challenged in my state. I hoped it wasn't true, but alas, I just spoke with the friendly Youth Services director at the Boone County Public … [Continue reading]

Interview with Cheryl Rainfield

Hi, Cheryl! I'm so glad to be hosting you at For the Love of Ya. I was compelled to read SCARS from the moment I saw that lovely, provocative, fraught-with-pain cover. All it took was the cover and the first chapter to hook me. I loved it, and I'm … [Continue reading]