Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock

How am I just now learning about Dr. Rose Brock?? She’s a self-professed “Audiobook Evangelist” (same, girl, same), a professor of Children’s & YA Lit and “library stuff,” and co-founder of the North Texas Book Festival (a bucket-list event for me). I’m her latest Twitter follower and I can’t wait to continue to be inspired by her. My first time being inspired by her was when I read (listened to) Hope Nation, her collection of essays written by the best of the best YA authors. I mean, how cool are you, Dr. Rose Brock, standing here with Libba, David, Jason, Alex, Brendan, and Gayle??? #fangirlgoals I’ve read two books recently, published specifically in response to this new era where poli

On the Come Up

Bri Jackson’s family is struggling HARD. Her mom, Jay, is an eight-year recovering drug addict and she just lost her job. Her older brother, Trey, is a college graduate without a “real” job who has to work at the local pizza joint for money. Jay can’t apply for food stamps because, apparently, you can’t get food stamps if you’re taking college classes?? (btw, is that really a thing because if it is that is MESSED UP). The family has to decide which bills to pay, like do we want heat or do we want to eat? This is how talented a writer Angie Thomas is, despite how hard this family is struggling, she made me want to be a part of it. Girl’s got talent. Anyway, Bri is living with some real p

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