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Laura Simeon

Ruta Sepetys Makes History Thrilling for Readers

Ruta Sepetys Makes History Thrilling for Readers

It’s no surprise that international bestselling author Ruta Sepetys has won awards for compelling, emotionally gripping historical fiction that highlights moments in history that most young readers know little about. In her fifth novel I have to betray you (Philomel,…

4 Middle-Grade Novels Celebrating Black Families

4 Middle-Grade Novels Celebrating Black Families

Every February, there is a flood of interest in books honoring African American history, a topic inextricably linked to American history as a whole and deserving of year-round attention. Stories of enduring and overcoming adversity—though they offer critical awareness—must be…

6 Romantic Reads for Young Adults

6 Romantic Reads for Young Adults

Several articles reporting on the book industry have noted a healthy surge in novel sales during the pandemic, noting that in stressful and unpredictable times, a genre that reliably brings joy has clear appeal. The following YA titles provide hours…