Nina O'Daniels

nodaniels@fz.k12.mo.us

Shannon Grieshaber

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Created in 2017

January 5, 2018

I am loving what I am hoping is not a trend and is just a long-overdue change in the publishing of Young Adult Fiction, in this case, YA Science Fiction - diversity.  The protagonist and hero of the book Nyxia is Emmett, a hardworking, intelligent, African-American young man living in poverty with both of his loving parents.  His mother has long been suffering from a kidney disease that will eventually kill her.  When the Babel Corporation approaches him with an opportunity to travel in a lightship to a new and the secret planet, Eden, to mine a priceless resource called Nyxia, he feels like h...

October 4, 2017

“Super hero icons meet megastar authors” is the tagline from the publishers of a new set of YA novels and Leigh Bardugo, of Six of Crows and Grisha fame, has the honor of being the first one published. Any self-respecting underoos wearing adult, as a child, of course, has fallen under the spell of the blockbuster movie of the same title, Wonder Woman. Bardugo allays any fear of needing to see the movie before reading her book, but I was glad I did just the same. Any background information I can get before diving into a new world can never hurt. 

Diana is just like any other normal t...

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