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The Looney Experiment

Dear Blink Readers, On my first day of fifth grade, I sat still and wondered as my new teacher, Mr. Looney, climbed on top of his desk chair while wielding our spelling textbook in one hand. “You are all familiar with the school’s spelling textbook program, yes?” We all nodded glumly. We were used to doing Read More >

17 YA Book Covers We Are Buzzing About

We know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this year’s young adult covers are just so beautiful that we can’t help ourselves. From subtle simplicity to bright and bold, these covers are ushering in a whole new era of experimentation and design. So what’s “in” for YA this year? In Read More >

Inspiration Found Close to Home

My cousin planned her father’s memorial service. She chose the music, as well as wrote and then read the obituary at the memorial service. She was sixteen at the time. I’ve known some amazing teenagers. This girl is one of them, and she became the inspiration for the female protagonist of Summer by Summer, the Read More >

ISIS. Tsunamis. Climate Change.

ISIS. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Economic collapse. Political unrest. Terrorists. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Nuclear threat. Climate change. In a world that seems increasingly dangerous and frightening, one can more than catch a glimpse of a very dark, potentially horrible future. I think the rise of dystopian literature is not only based on the success of The Hunger Games—the Read More >

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Dear Blink Readers, I met her at a mental health conference. She grabbed me following my talk, and in words both passionate and disjointed shared a story of life with DID—Dissociative Identity Disorder. Two hours later, I saw her again. She was the same her on the outside. Yet, within her mind, a different personality Read More >