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Why We Need Diverse Books

I’m proud to join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign because as an Asian American girl growing up in a mostly Caucasian suburb of New Jersey, I searched for characters who looked like me. Claudia Kishi, bless her, was my role model. She was creative, quirky, and stylish. I’m pretty sure every Asian girl in the 90s looked […]

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Write a Letter to Yourself

I was inspired to write a letter to myself after my friend Leanne—the brilliant fashion designer of the vegan, eco-friendly company Vaute Couture—posted a letter on Facebook she wrote to herself to read when she felt like quitting. I must confess that the past few weeks, it’s been hard to be a writer. A few […]

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Virtual YA Book Club Discussion: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The book We kicked off our Virtual YA Book Club with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver as our September selection. Here’s the general premise: Samantha Kingston, one of Thomas Jefferson High  School’s most popular girls, dies on Friday, February 12. But she gets the chance to relive her last day on earth—seven times. In one […]

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