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John Green, author of Turtles All the Way Down and, of course, The Fault in Our Stars

YA Gets Real and Deals with Mental Health Issues – Part One

And what better time to take stock of this than May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month? Young Adult fiction is a good barometer of our changing culture. YA fiction exploded in “the mental health space” just as celebrities started talking more openly about their challenges: Kendrick Lamar and Dwayne Johnson (depression), Emma Stone and […]

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Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers!

Fred Rogers would have turned ninety this week. For nearly forty years, Fred Rogers invited children everywhere to join him everyday for thirty minutes of gentle, developmentally appropriate activities. Rogers flouted conventional wisdom that said children’s television needed brash gimmicks and high production values to capture the attention of young audiences. The Neighborhood was a […]

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Jury Room

The Jury Room

Jury Duty. Those two words probably strike fear in the hearts of many. Admit it, receiving a jury summons is  comparable to going to the dentist’s. You dread it. It’s inconvenient, but it has to be done anyway. It’s part of our civic duty; a privilege as part of citizens of this country and a […]

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