February 26, 2019

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???  #...

February 12, 2018

In 2013, agender teen, Sasha Fleischmann, a senior at a small, private school in Oakland, fell asleep on the 57 bus.  They (Sasha’s preferred pronoun) were wearing a skirt.  Richard Thomas, a sixteen-year-old junior at Oakland High, was goofing around with some friends on the same bus.  Richard saw a dude in a white, gauzy skirt asleep on the bus.  Richard had a lighter in his pocket.  He thought it would be funny to light that skirt on fire.  So he did.  Sasha became engulfed in flames.  They were able to escape the bus, was eventually assisted by a good samaritan, and ended up with third deg...

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