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Social Justice in YA Fiction

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I subscribe to Book Riot updates because they have awesome articles that keep me informed on what’s up in the book world and help my to-read pile get taller (not that I need any more help in that department). So imagine my delight and surprise to find an article after my own heart, Social Justice […]

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A note on revenge queries

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What are revenge queries? I am in the process of querying for my second agent. It feels a little like walking across the gym to ask someone to dance, plus a job interview, plus being covered in honey and being left out in the hot sun to be eaten up by ravenous ants. Bad, is […]

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Thank you, Maplewood South Orange Book Festival!

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Thank you, Maplewood South Orange Book Festival!

I had a great time at the first ever Maplewood South Orange Book Festival. I was fortunate enough to be on a panel called “Survival in the New World: The Immigrant Experience in Young Adult Fiction,” with Marina Budhos and Sheba Karim. One of my favorite things about appearing at book festivals is learning from other writers. […]

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I still dream of America

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An author I greatly admire posted on social media earlier today. Her post was a picture of some flowers behind a wooden fence. Beyond it, far away and in a mild breeze, an American flag. The caption read, ” Do you still dream of America?” The picture suggested a dream of an America out of reach, like […]

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The Wonder

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The Wonder

The 1970s TV version of Wonder Woman taught me a lot of things. It taught me that shiny fabric is fabulous. It introduced me to the wonders of a good pair of boots. But, coming as it did on the heels of my crossing of the Mexican border into the U.S. at the age of […]

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When all is lost

When my daughter was around ten, she walked home from school clutching a bright purple flower she’d picked from a neighbor’s front yard. “Can we get this?” she asked. She knew of my love of gardening, and it filled me with joy to think she was noticing plants on her way home from school. I […]

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Panel announced: June 10th

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I’m excited to be participating in the Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival, and thrilled to invite you to my panel, “The Immigrant Experience in Young Adult Fiction,” featuring me along with authors Marina Budhos and Sheba Karim. Panel is on June 10th at 2:00 pm. Click here for more information on this awesome festival.

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Little Wonders

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Today, a friend sent me pictures of a litter of kittens she’d found behind her garage. The implication was clear, although she was smart enough not to come out with it: one of these could be yours. I was possessed by an insane desire to go snatch one up. I have three cats, which is […]

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Class migrants

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Much is said about people moving from one country to another, or about people of one race living among those of a different race. But not as much is said about people crossing class barriers. As someone who has lived in two classes, I can say it’s a whiplashy experience that never quite leaves you. […]

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The unbearable me-ness of being

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The fastest way to get sick of yourself is to get into a relationship. I’m in a relationship now and, frankly, I can barely stand myself. Here’s the thing: when you’re alone, all your quirks are perfectly reasonable, yours alone, not to be reconsidered or examined. You’re just YOU. Then you try to explain yourself […]

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