Young adult books round-up – review | Young adult

From Tracy Baker to The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson has long written about difficult childhoods. In Baby Love (Penguin, £12.99), her first novel aimed at teenage readers for several years, she tackles the thorny topic of teen pregnancy. Laura is a painfully naive 14-year-old in suburban 1960 when, flattered by the attentions of a French … Read more

Texas Senate committees ordered to review university tenure, public school library books – Houston Public Media

lt. Gov. Dan Patrick exits a press conference at the state Capitol over the state’s response to the coronavirus on March 31, 2020. After the Texas Legislature passed controversial legislation that limits what students K-12 are taught in the state’s public schools, the lieutenant governor has now tasked state senators with monitoring similar historical subject … Read more

In ISU visit, expert on trans athlete rights says the record books disprove claims of a competitive advantage

Equal rights for transgender people have been fought for across the United States for decades. And in the past few years, the right to compete in sports has faced particular scrutiny. It’s an issue that Dr. Veronica Ivy has faced personally. Ivy earned her Ph.D. in philosophy in 2012 and is an expert in athlete … Read more

7 Novels Set in the Literary World

At the risk of seeming obnoxiously obsessed with ourselves, writers and readers do tend to love books about writers and readers—especially when those fictional writers and readers behave badly. (It’s no wonder, really, why the Bad Art Friend discourse hit a nerve; so many people were frantic with empathetic outrage or gleeful schadenfreude.) In my … Read more