Queer YA: Laurel Wanrow’s Guardian of the Pines

Guardian of the Pines (The Windborne Book 2)Every once in awhile I invite guest contributors to review for Raise Them Righteous. This review of Laurel Wanrow’s Guardian of the Pines is by Sean Farrell, a lecturer of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. I hope this won’t be his last contribution!

YA fantasy can sometimes feel a bit same-y: a chosen one goes on a quest and defeats a great evil, perhaps finding love along the way. Laurel Wanrow, in Guardian of the Pines, inverts or flat-out ignores many of these familiar tropes, leading to a unique fantasy adventure that feels like a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

Women and Girls Changing the World

This is an eclectic list of children’s picture books I’ve reviewed that feature women and girls fighting for all forms of justice: gender justice, LGBTQ eguality, environmental justice, and race justice. There are lots of paths to being a change maker!

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkThe Water WalkerHands Up!

I Am JazzWhen You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community

Debbie Levy’s I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Joanne Robertson’s The Water Walker

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings’s I am Jazz

Breanna J. McDaniel’s Hand Up!

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community (2017)

 

Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul’s I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon, written by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, is a non-fiction account of environmental activism in Cameroon told through the story of farmer and activist Tantoh Nforba who works to bring organic gardening and clean water to Cameroon. Continue reading