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Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

by Marissa Price We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home. – Indigenous Australian Proverb. Australian literature is as varied as the country itself. Australia is a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds that lends itself to great storytelling. The traditional custodians of the land, the many Australian indigenous tribes, passed down their stories through cave carvings…

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Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

by Annie Sullivan I can’t remember when I started reading Young Adult (YA) books. Even though I am in my thirties, I can still relate to the stories of characters who are constantly trying to discover and define who they are—whether that’s in an abusive relationship or on an alien planet. Young characters take on challenges related to relationships, identity, grief, and yes, even saving the world. They do it all while making profound discoveries about themselves and the worlds in…

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Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

by: Katy Farber I don’t have to tell you that we live in a deeply divided and troubling world. It is a constant barrage of mostly unsettling, disturbing, and upsetting news. But it is also the most connected world we have ever lived in, and every single person alive right now has a chance to tell their stories. Like most people, I have a long list of issues that concern me greatly. In my writing workshops, I like to help…

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Shared History

Shared History

by Nikki Stern At 7:30 a.m. on a summer morning, the northern Wisconsin air did not yet hint at the promise of another typically beautiful day. Our twelve-year-old selves, denied the future pleasures of hot coffee, had stoked ourselves with pancakes and bacon. Dressed in the camp uniform of blue shorts and white blouses, some of us with navy cardigans to ward off the lingering chill, we made our way to the platform, picked up our .22 caliber rifles and…

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5 Real-Life Sisters Who Inspired Historical Fiction Novels

5 Real-Life Sisters Who Inspired Historical Fiction Novels

by Elise Hooper The renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead reportedly said, “Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” The novel Little Women portrays the lives of four of the most well-known sisters in American literature, and I read it with fascination in my girlhood. Were the real Alcott sisters just like Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—the dutiful daughter, the tomboy, the angel, and the spoiled baby? I…

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