Confronting All American Racism

In the past couple of years I have read The Hate U Give, How it Went Down, Dear Martin, Monster,  Growing up X,  Long Way Down, The Poet X, and Ta-Nehesi Coates's Between the World and Me to name a few. Meanwhile All American Boys has sat on my shelf, staring at me, wondering when they day would... Continue Reading →

The Good Demon

Here's the non-spoilery portion of this review - The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas is a good read. It's engaging. It's interesting. It's a wicked cool premise with a "rural urban fantasy" feel. By that I mean, it has that gritty urban fantasy feel, but it's set in a modern rural area. Clare is our protagonist.... Continue Reading →


I FINALLY got around to reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It's been on my "READ RIGHT FREAKING NOW!" list for months, and yet, in those brief moments when I had time to read for fun rather than work, other books kept jumping their place in the queue and ending up in my hands.... Continue Reading →

I’ll Give You the Sun

I have to admit, I read this amazing book a few months ago - but I can't stop talking about it. I just bought two additional copies for my classroom because I want EVERYONE to read it. I can't wait until I have enough clout as a teacher to teach books of my choosing, because I'll... Continue Reading →

What does Utopia look like?

I've always wondered what an actual Utopia would look like. It seems we can only see Utopias through our own Dystopic lens. They come to us bereft of color, of individuality, of flair. They are tightly controlled - both limiting and limited. A place for everyone, and everyone in their place. As if the only... Continue Reading →

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