Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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NPR News: YA Fantasy Where The Oppression Is Real

YA Fantasy Where The Oppression Is Real
Tomi Adeyemi’s new book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is fantasy for young adults. But the issues it’s dealing with — racism, oppression and war — are very real. And they’re not sugarcoated.

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NPR News: Eating Crow With ‘Miss Peregrine’ — And Enjoying It

Eating Crow With ‘Miss Peregrine’ — And Enjoying It
Our kids’ books columnist Juanita Giles says she avoided the Miss Peregrine series for years because it seemed too creepy — but now she regrets all the time the books spent untouched on her shelf.

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NPR News: ‘The Undefeated’ Wins Caldecott Medal, While ‘New Kid’ Picks Up Newbery

‘The Undefeated’ Wins Caldecott Medal, While ‘New Kid’ Picks Up Newbery
Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson’s book won the Caldecott, the top prize for picture books, and Jerry Craft’s novel won the Newbery for kids’ books.

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NPR News: New Book Presents A ‘Secret History’ Of Nuclear War Planning In America

New Book Presents A ‘Secret History’ Of Nuclear War Planning In America
In The Bomb, journalist Fred Kaplan reveals how U.S. presidents, their advisers and generals have thought about, planned for — and sometimes narrowly avoided — nuclear war.

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NPR News: ‘A Long Petal Of The Sea’ Finds Love In A Time Of Chaos

‘A Long Petal Of The Sea’ Finds Love In A Time Of Chaos
Isabel Allende’s new novel follows two refugees from the Spanish Civil War, whose mock marriage as they flee to Chile gradually deepens into real love, set against a backdrop of war and upheaval.

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NPR News: Journalist Joshua Yaffa On New Book, ‘Between Two Fires’

Journalist Joshua Yaffa On New Book, ‘Between Two Fires’
NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with journalist Joshua Yaffa about his new book Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.

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NPR News: ‘This Isn’t New’: Questions For Tochi Onyebuchi, Author Of ‘Riot Baby’

‘This Isn’t New’: Questions For Tochi Onyebuchi, Author Of ‘Riot Baby’
Tochi Onyebuchi’s slim, devastating novella follows a young man born amidst the chaos of the 1992 Rodney King riots — and his sister, whose terrifying magical powers can’t protect him from racism.

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