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Where Hope Begins

Where Hope Begins

The beginning of hope is an ending. Maybe it’s the ending of accepting the world as it is. Maybe it’s the ending of a bad habit.  Whatever ends when hope begins, it’s a shift that isn’t always conscious. Sometimes it takes time and effort to sort through the feelings that come with change. For some...
How it Feels to be a Monster

How it Feels to be a Monster

Illustration by Gita Labrador. Everyone is afraid of something.  In One by Sarah Crossan, Grace lists her family’s fears.  Most of them are typical fears: clowns, bugs, mice.  Grace’s fear is a bit different:
The Stories Behind the Headlines

The Stories Behind the Headlines

Illustration by Regine De Mesa. Go Set a Watchman is not To Kill a Mockingbird.  While Mockingbird pulled at the heart, Watchman reaches for our brains as it looks at the nature of prejudice, the Southern identity, and the push-pull of generational differences.  Not every reader will find Watchman’s themes compelling, but those who are...
Recreating a Classic

Recreating a Classic

Illustration by Regine De Mesa.  Look at the shelf of beloved books that mothers and daughters read together.  Anne of Green Gables. Betsy-Tacy. Ballet Shoes. The Secret Garden. Matilda. Harriet the Spy. Surely you notice what’s missing. What would you change, if you could, about one of these books to make it more representative of...