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The Girl from Everywhere

#ReadABookDay Reading List

It’s not coincidence that #ReadABook Day falls this month.  UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared September National Literacy Month and, with it, come many days dedicated to the promotion of reading. In addition to today, September 8th marks International Literacy Day.  The theme for the  conference, held in France this year, is “Literacy in the Digital World.”   The goal is to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

While researching for this article, I was surprised to learn that over 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills.  The statistic is that one in five adults are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women.  To bring awareness to this issue and to advocate for reading and literacy, UNESCO began National Literacy Month in 1946.

Today, I created a book recommendations list of YA books including characters that struggle to read or are illiterate and tell you about some organizations that you can support in the fight against illiteracy.

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Pirate Treasure: 8 Swashbuckling Books for Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Ahoy, Matey! Every year about this time in Tampa, Florida, the city celebrates all things pirate with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a lavish city-wide reenactment of the 1904 invasion of Tampa Bay by the mythical pirate Jose Gaspar. The legend is fiction and the festival is mostly booze, parades and folks handing out plastic beads. We have a bookish alternative to the drunken mayhem. Avoid the looting and plundering by staying safely at home with a pint of grog and one of these pirate themed books.

Why yes, Tampa does have it’s own pirate ship.

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Recap: The BIG Week of YA Announcements

We are diligently working on our ALA Annual Conference recap that’ll be up tomorrow.  Until then, let’s get you caught up on all of last week’s YA book news.  It was a CRAZY week for YA publicity and we’re giving you our top 10 bits of news from some of our favorite and most anticipated authors and series. Continue reading “Recap: The BIG Week of YA Announcements”

First Reads Friday: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

We finally got our hands on one of our most anticipated new book series of 2016 and we weren’t disappointed. Details on the upcoming release from Heidi Heilig after the jump.

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2016 Cliff Notes: New Book Series for the New Year

It’s a New Year and we’re really looking forward to hitting our Goodreads goals. Last year, we freed ourselves from the constraints of not reading unfinished trilogies by declaring 2015 THE YEAR OF THE UNFINISHED TRILOGY.  This year, we’re celebrating that freedom by starting some of the most hyped and exciting book series we’ve come across.  The ones to keep on your radar through mid-year, so far, are listed after the jump.

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