WPL Book Blog

Read Harder 2017: Frequently Banned or Challenged Book

This week’s Read Harder challenge is sadly, pretty easy to do.  Even in 2017, hundreds of books are banned or challenged in schools and libraries each year, so it’s good to familiarize yourself with the books that other people have found overly controversial.  Take a look at some of these titles: The Absolutely True Diary […]

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Read Harder 2017: YA/Middle Grade Novel by an LGBTQ+ Author

This week’s Read Harder challenge is a little trickier than usual: Read a young adult or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.  (This means that we’re considering the authors for this challenge, not just the titles.) But we’ve still managed to put together a fun list of books for younger readers!  […]

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If You’re Waiting For “The Hate U Give”

Last month, the publishing world was buzzing about The Hate U Give, the provocative debut YA novel from Angie Thomas, which unflinchingly looks at racism, police brutality, and Black Lives Matter.  In the book, sixteen-year-old Starr is pulled between two worlds: her wealthy, predominantly white prep school and her impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhood.  But the conflict […]

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Halfway to Halloween

April is a fun month for horror fans, because it means we only need to wait another six months until Halloween!  Last year, I did a two-part blog post on some awesome horror titles if you’re looking to make your springtime a little spookier, which you can revisit here: Halfway to Halloween, Part 1: How […]

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