An Open Letter to the Dubuque Community School District

Dear Superintendent Rheingans, Principal Kolker, Members of the School Board, and Members of the Review Committee: I am an alumna of Hempstead High School (‘02) who has spent my entire adult life working with youth. After finishing college I taught middle school for three years while completing my Masters in Education. I went on to … More An Open Letter to the Dubuque Community School District

Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Title: Exit, Pursued by a Bear Author: E.K. Johnston Published: Dutton Books 2016 Recommended if you like: Cheerleading, hopeful survivor stories, Shakespeare, Veronica Mars Read-a-Like: All the Rage, Speak, Open Road Summer Rating: 6 out of 5 Golden Bear Mascots First Line: I start running after school.   Y’all, I LOVED this book. Like I LOOOOVED it. I read it the second I … More Book Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Book Review: What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

Title: What We Left Behind Author: Robin Talley Published: Harelequin Teen, 2015, 405 pages Recommended if you like: Books with Diverse Characters, Books set in college, Character driven stories, LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity exploration Read-a-Like: I am J, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Not Otherwise Specified Rating: 5 out of 5 Top Hat Pendents First Line: Even before I saw her, it was … More Book Review: What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

Book Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Mini Review: Gabi!! Be my BFF! And then can we travel back in time to give this book to my 17 year old self! Title: Gabi, A Girl In Pieces Author: Isabel Quintero Published: Cinco Puntos Press, 2014, 284 pages Recommended if you like: Books with Diverse Characters, Novels in journal form, Positive depiction of … More Book Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Group Book Review

What’s up nerds?! ERMYGERD IT’S FALLLLLLLL!!! I mean… it’s the midwest so it could be 90 fucking degrees tomorrow… but at this particular moment in time, it is fall. Fall is happiness. It’s my favorite season. The only downside to fall is that it is followed by winter. But during fall not even that can … More Group Book Review

Book Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace

Title: No One Needs to Know Author: Amanda Grace Expected publication: September 8th 2014 by Flux, 240 pages Recommended if you like: Sarah Dessen, LGBTQ stories, twins, realistic fiction, non traditional love triangles Rating: 3.75 out of 5 smuggled xanax pills Mini Review: Sometimes the cliché of opposites attracting has more to do with differences … More Book Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace