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Field Trip Friday: February 13, 2015


YA Highwayers have some great things happening this week:

The Fall Fifteeners went live this week, and include our ladies Amy Lukavics and Kaitlin Ward.

XO Jane profiled some awesome black women writers for Black History Month and Women's History Month. The fabulous Stephanie Kuehn was among the brilliant minds listed.


Author and poet Jason Reynolds talks about confronting and writing grief in YA lit in a truly magical interview.

When a young man told Margaret Atwood that reading The Handmaid's Tale was life-changing, she replied, “That’s a frightening thought. What were you like before?” Margaret Atwood talks gender and politics at West Point.

How schoolteacher Harriet Glickman convinced Charles M. Shulz to add the first African-American character to Peanuts.


At the age of 12, Barbara Follett's THE HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS was published to critical acclaim. It was 1927. In 1939, after years of poverty and struggle, Barbara disappeared. This essay is more than a story about disappearance, it's also about child prodigy and the beautiful mind.

Ellen Oh has a message to the gatekeepers who sell and recommend books to our kids: Break down your internal barriers to diversity.

If you love your romance a little more on the bitter side than the sweet, author Alexis Bass has a great list of Valentine's-ish Day Books for you to check out.

Upper Rubber Boot is publishing the first Sci-Fi story collection focused on the immigrant experience, while author Nalo Hopkinson discusses how People of Color are subverting the traditional imperialist and capitalist themes of Sci-Fi.

In Pakistan, conventional bookstores are few and far between. Spend a day with the nomadic booksellers of Karachi.

Literary repetition: Why reading a book 100 times is a great idea. (Um, my tbr is waaayyy too long for that, heh.)


We all have our (maybe many) grammatical pet peeves; Bryan Henderson's is the phrase "comprised of." Use it incorrectly and he will Take You Down.

Sujei Lugo writes about her experience attending ALA Midwinter, noting that in some cases there was a lack of real, deep discussions about diversity and systems in the library and publishing world.

Agent Kate McKean talks agenting in the internet age (Texts From Jane! Grumpy Cat! Tumblr books!).


We approve of the making of these twenty movies with these fine actresses and, yeah, think they would go a long way in fixing Hollywood's broken machine.

Jon Ronson talks with Justine Sacco, and others, about how life-changing one stupid tweet can be, and questions the current trend of public shaming on Twitter.

Alfred Date is Australia's oldest man at 109 years old. He knits tiny sweaters for penguins. Awwwww.

He was a baseball player and she was a teacher when they met. Now, they're eternal valentines, celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. More awwwwws!

Security drills at a Chinese zoo. A little ermmm than aww, to be honest.

Grab some ice cream and wine and set your Valentine's Day aside for this hour-by-hour guide to V-day movies on Netflix. And while we're talking romance and movies, here are 28 movies whose "romantic" behavior is actually downright CREEPY. For real, though, I can't even tell you how many "romantic" notions in movies I would call the cops on. I pretty much can't watch rom-coms. *wet blanket*


Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. Our sincerest goodbyes and thanks for someone who was an actual, walking hack to Being An Adult Who Understands Things. Here are some of his finest moments.

Have a super weekend. We love you! ~Kristin H.
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Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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  1. WOW. The story about Justine Sacco was absolutely horrifying. Makes me scared to ever post anything online again. I've always been suspect about all those gleeful internet pile-ons, but now I'm even more against them than I ever was before. Just because someone has come through a situation does not make it all right and does not ever condone the bullies' behavior.

  2. That comment by Atwood is amazing. It reminds me of the 2014 Golden Globes, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a bit about how 12 Years a Slave made one of them "completely rethink my perception of slavery," and the other was like, "What did you think of it before!?!" Hilarious and so on point!


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