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Inside The Most Amazing Map Library That You've Never Heard Of

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Within the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a geographer’s treasure trove: over a million artifacts from the American Geographical Society
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Ignite Her Curiosity: 25 Books Starring Science-Loving Mighty Girls

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"A great way to encourage girls' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is by sharing stories starring girls and women who love science and technology! Seeing female faces as scientists, whether in the lab or out in the field, is a powerful message to girls that these subjects are open to all. And, while introducing them to real-life women in STEM through biographies is important, fictional stories showing science-loving girls and women are another excellent way to entice girls with the unlimited possibilities before them.

With that in mind, we're showcasing our favorite fictional books for both children and teens starring Mighty Girls who love science, engineering, and math. With options ranging from the fun and fanciful to the more contemplative, you're sure to discover a title to excite every budding scientist or engineer, girls and boys alike — after all, both need to learn that science is for everyone!"


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Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

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Our writer embedded with five teenagers to chronicle their digital experiences and decipher their arcane rules and etiquette. You'll love what she found.
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Young Adult Fiction: Is There any Educational Value to It?

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There is no question that books under the genre have become quite a popular thing nowadays, but does young adult fiction provide any educational value to its readers?

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Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play

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Science fiction is both shaping the language that virtual reality companies use to market the technology and defining long-term goals for developers.

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60 iconic weapons from fiction (infographic)

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Target Sports has released an infographic that puts together weapons used by famous characters in novels, comic books, and movies. Among the…

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Author Jonathan Franzen has never shied away from speaking his mind on everything from Twitter to Oprah’s Book Club to e-books. The first is “unspeakably irritating,” the second is “for women,” and the third is ”corroding values,” according to the writer. And now Franzen is criticizing young adult literature, saying that it equates to “moral simplicity.” Come on, Franzen, this is a tired insult; we YA lit lovers have heard this one before.

Franzen spoke with Butler University as part of a visiting writers program, where he took part in a Q&A, a reading, and an interview with an MFA candidate. It was in that interview that the MFA student Susan Lerner brought up Ruth Graham’s piece on adults reading young adult novels. You remember the one: She said that adults should be embarrassed for reading and enjoying stories directed at teenagers. Lerner asked Franzen what he thought about Graham’s piece about adults substituting “maudlin teen drama for the complexity of great adult literature.”

Franzen, at first was tightlipped, saying that he didn’t care what people read. That if adults wanted to pick YA over adult novels, if it was a loss: “It’s their loss, not mine.” But when pressed, Franzen had this to say:

Most of what people read, if you go to the bookshelf in the airport convenience store and look at what’s there, even if it doesn’t have a YA on the spine, is YA in its moral simplicity. People don’t want moral complexity. Moral complexity is a luxury. You might be forced to read it in school, but a lot of people have hard lives. They come home at the end of the day, they feel they’ve been jerked around by the world yet again for another day. The last thing they want to do is read Alice Munro, who is always pointing toward the possibility that you’re not the heroic figure you think of yourself as, that you might be the very dubious figure that other people think of you as. That’s the last thing you’d want if you’ve had a hard day. You want to be told good people are good, bad people are bad, and love conquers all. And love is more important than money. You know, all these schmaltzy tropes. That’s exactly what you want if you’re having a hard life. Who am I to tell people that they need to have their noses rubbed in moral complexity?
 

Sighs. What’s easy is resorting to the argument that YA isn’t complex. That it’s “schmaltzy” and that it always ends with love conquering all. Like most people who haven’t read a whole lot of YA, Franzen rests on what he believes to be truth rather than what is the truth. As anyone who doesread it knows, there is a whole lot of complexity in YA as a whole. And just as in every category of literature you can choose, there is some “moral simplicity,” too.

I’d advise Franzen to read two books that were published just this month: This Side of Home by Renee Watson and I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and claim moral simplicity. Or going back further, what about Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun? Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles, John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, or Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory? Do you think Franzen had read even one of these before making his comments?

Also, who is he to say that some of us don’t read Alice Munro after work? (As, it’s presumed, he does?) We should all take offense at how he imagines readers as tired, frustrated at the world, and needing escape, because that certainly is not the picture of engaged, excited fiction readers I know.

You know, though? We can’t even get riled up over this because we’ve all heard it before. Frankly, Franzen, you are one of the most famous contrarians in the public eye right now, so I expected a little more in your argument against YA.


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BJ Neary's curator insight, February 20, 2015 3:49 PM

YA is complex and thought provoking, I don't agree it is fluffy and what you want after a long hard day.

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If Hollywood won't feature modern superheroines then it's up to YA fiction

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When Alisha T Raydan set out to write a book about superheroes, the word ‘man’ just kept popping up.
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Blade Runner: The Science In The Fiction - Science 2.0

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Last week, the film up for discussion was Blade Runner which, 30 years after its release, is among contenders for one of the best science fiction films ever made.
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My bookshop won’t tell you what people are reading: A bookseller’s lament as he waves goodbye

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“An interview with Ajit Vikram Singh, owner of Delhi’s beloved Fact & Fiction bookshop, which has announced its closure.”
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Three Reasons Why Author John Green is a Genius - Blogcritics (blog)

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As a fellow former English teacher, I already like the man who is John Green. However; despite m...
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Lessons learned from the heroes and heroines of young adult literature

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The protagonists of young adult literature may be irrational and emotional, but ultimately their loyalty, bravery and determination to stand up for what is right in the face of danger make them heroes...
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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

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"Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are."
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What You Read May Shape What You Write

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Disappearing down the reddit rabbit hole? Why you might want to read some Dickens or Colson Whitehead, instead.
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The greatest romances in science fiction | News | Geek.com

The greatest romances in science fiction | News | Geek.com | For the Love of Reading | Scoop.it

Cuddle up with your sweetie, fire up the Netflix, and stoke the fires of your heart with these time-tested sci-fi romances.

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BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi

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Profiling some of the finest female science fiction authors.

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Umberto Eco: ‘People are tired of simple things’

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Life, like fiction, was an endlessly absorbing game for an intellectual who wore his great learning lightly

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Imposter syndrome and time issues: why women don't write business books

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Women top fiction lists but leave business writing to men. Unless they can overcome the barriers business will always be regarded as a boys’ game

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Why are all the moms gone? A parent/writer tries to find herself in children's ... - Washington Post

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She used to stay awake at night worry about what her daughter would do without her. Then she realized her anxiety was the fault of the fairy tales.
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Why Black Science Fiction Studies Matter - The Mary Sue

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What are the dangers of not studying texts written by writers of color? And what are the risks associated with mislabeling or miscategorizing them?
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12 Life Lessons From Young Adult Books That Are Valuable For Any Age

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Young adult literature is fun. Sure, novels aimed at adults can be really wonderful too, but there is something particularly magical about YA.
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You're a YA fan and you're proud of it. You crave fast-paced stories and intricate plot lines.
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‘We Need Diverse Books Because’: An Indigenous perspective on diversity in young adult and children’s literature in Australia

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Indigenous author and illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina unpacks key ideas from the US-based We Need Diverse Books campaign for diversity in literature, and lays out an argument for how and why Australian publishers, readers and writers should address...
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