Today Lara Chapman’s middle grade debut THE XYZs OF BEING WICKED pubs! 

Who should pick it up: readers 8-12 who love books with boarding school fun and magic, MG fans, parents & librarians, fans of Lara’s YA FLAWLESS

Why I think you’ll love it: The magic in this book—passed down through families—means main character Hallie runs smack into the questions of identity that we all have to face growing up. Who am I outside of my family? How much of that is up to me? What makes a person good or bad? And what if the person I turn out to be isn’t what everyone expects of me? It’s universal in its specifics, so while you may not be lucky enough to enroll at the Dowling School of Witchcraft, sweet bookish Hallie’s adventures will feel like they’re happening to your very own friend.  


I’m a little exhausted by the idea that our capacity for love — a young girl’s capacity for love — is worthy of derision, because I see it all the time (there’s a reason so much excellent SFF YA is ignored by the wider SFF community). Books for chicks, indeed.

Have we become so derisive of love and affection that we allow ourselves to erase entire books of complicated relationships and magic and wonder and heartbreak over a love story? How much derision will we, as a culture, continue to swallow regarding the importance of love in our lives and in the stories we tell each other, discuss, and reward with our accolades? Will we continue to build idols to the idea that masculinity is the last bastion of freedom from girl cooties? Will we defend the idea that there’s some arbitrary, natural divide between “stuff for girls” and “stuff for boys” that goes beyond cultural training? Will we keep building a narrative history that treats women as objects and devalue stories where men and women are equally important to the foundation of a relationship, whether it be romantic or otherwise? Will we keep pretending that characters build relationships while standing still, instead of building them along ley lines, on battlefields, while exploring star systems, on alien planets, and that everything else a novel could contain is overshadowed by the mere idea of feelings? Why else do we read a story but to feel?

Great review of Raven Boys. I really need to read this.  (via thebooksmugglers)

YES to this. Read, internalize, go forth and do battle.

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