May 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Book Review: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Publisher’s description For readers of Girl in Pieces and The Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault. Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really […]

Joy McCullough On Reclaiming the Female Body and “Blood Water Paint”

The playwright talks about her YA debut and novel in verse, which centers on the Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Beyond “No Means No”: Resources on Consent

These novels, works of nonfiction, and multimedia offer ways to have conversations on a topic that too often goes unaddressed.

A Beloved YA Classic’s Transition to Graphic Novel Format

Author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator Emily Carroll describe the challenging yet richly rewarding experience of adapting Speak.

#YAAtoZ: Consent in YA, a guest post by author Sara Baysinger

Welcome to February, where we are discussing the letters C and D as part of the #YAAtoZ Project. Today we’re talking consent with author Sara Baysinger. For a complete look at the #YAAtoZ posts, go here. Consent. It’s a loaded word with crystal clear meaning, yet somehow the lines still get blurred for *certain* people […]

Puberty, Consent, and Sexuality: A Few New Titles

A year ago, I read 75 books about puberty and sexuality for a “Focus On” article for School Library Journal. You’re welcome.

What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis | SLJ Review

A deep discussion ensues, and the girls all draw from their experiences as they explore notions of consent and respect, eventually settling on some fundamental declarations.