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What’s up?!

October 31, 2014


Hi! Perhaps you’ve recently tried to access CrazyQuiltEdi only to get the message that the blog was no longer available. I know I was shocked when I tried to access my blog and had a hugely embarrassing messaging stating that I violated Terms of Service. I was forced to carefully read those terms (if you’re […]

Black Speculative Fiction: The Hunger of Imagining

October 21, 2014


I was just speaking with a colleague about the need to incite curiosity as the basis for research. Questioning, wondering and imagining are essential real life skills that are certainly nurtured in speculative fiction. Earlier this year, authors Zetta Elliott and Ibi Zoboi  published part of a conversation about race and representation in The Hunger […]

Black Speculative Fiction Month

October 20, 2014


Speculative fiction contains writings of science fiction, fantasy and horror or, those stories the bend what is and ask readers to speculate about what could be. Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have set aside October to celebrate works that transport us to new worlds; worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of […]


October 19, 2014

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In case you were wondering, I don’t make a penny blogging. I have a day job that all too often has nothing to do with diversity or young adult literature. Literacy, yes. Information literacy. When I first learned the term, it described the skills necessary to locate, share, evaluate, access and present information. What it […]


October 13, 2014


In all that I’m going to tell you about KidLitCon, know that the highlight of my weekend was seeing my DIL, SweetPea’s mom, in LA. And I didn’t even think to get a pic. Those KidLitCon ladies were wiped out at the end of things on Saturday. I applaud not only their hard work, but […]

review: Love Is the Drug

October 6, 2014

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title: Love is the Drug author: Alaya Dawn Johnson date:Arthur A. Levine; September, 2004 main character: Emily Bird   Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington […]

New Releases: October

October 6, 2014

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On Pinterest Complete list of 2014 Releases (more or less) Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan; Algonquin  “Both personal and universal, this is a compelling story about high school, family and owning up to who you really are. Farizan is just the voice YA needs right now. Trust me, you’ll […]

Book Review: The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan

October 5, 2014

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Title: The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan Author: Atia Abawi Date: Penguin; 2014 main character: Fatima   synopsis: Fatima is a Hazara girl, raised to be obedient and dutiful. Samiullah is a Pashtun boy raised to defend the traditions of his tribe. They were not meant to fall in love. But […]

Saturday Trailer: Lowriders in Space

October 4, 2014

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What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Lowriders in Space (Chronicle Books)  is written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Raul Gonzalez III. The book will be released in November Until then, here’s a sneak peak.