The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars (2012) is a teen novel written by bestselling author John Green. Our narrator, Hazel, is a seventeen-year-old young woman coping with terminal thyroid cancer. At heart, Hazel is a reader, philosopher, and introspective person, wise beyond her limited years. But not unrealistically so (in her parents’ words, she can also … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

In this beautiful yet doleful tale, we follow Angela Denoto, a Sicilian-born teen at the turn-of-the-century in New York City. Although Angela is bright and the only member of her family who can read, as well as speak and write in English, her father's physical condition requires her and her elder sister, Luisa, to work … Continue reading Dear America: Hear My Sorrow, The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker (New York City, 1909) by Deborah Hopkinson

Dear America: West to a Land of Plenty, The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (New York to Idaho Territory 1883) by Jim Murphy

When I read the first page of this DA diary, I knew this one was going to be quite special. For one, it was written in (what I felt to be) a very realistic voice and style for a fourteen year old girl-- complete with spelling errors and complaints about family, and how much she … Continue reading Dear America: West to a Land of Plenty, The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (New York to Idaho Territory 1883) by Jim Murphy