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"Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?" -YA author Matt de la Peña
Authors and publishers agree: stories with non-white protagonists are shamefully rare in books written for teens. The lack of diversity in YA fiction is not just about a lack of multicultural characters and books, but also reflected in the dearth of writers of color. So what can be done to ensure the publication of more diverse stories? In this article from CNN, Matt de la Peña, a Mexican-American author and teacher, discusses how the lack of characters that looked like him in books he read as a teenager made it seem like publishing his own stories was not a possibility--and how that all changed. Read more here.
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The film of John Green's popular novel The Fault in Our Stars hasn't even been released yet, and already plans are in the works to make another of his popular books, Paper Towns, into a movie . Actor Nat Wolff, who plays Isaac in the TFiOS adaptation, will return as the main character of Paper Towns, Quentin (Q), a boy in search of the mysterious (and mysteriously missing) Margo.
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How private are our activities on the Internet? According to Julia Angwin, not very. In her new book, Dragnet Nation, Angwin discusses the increasingly pervasive culture of surveillance and data-gathering online, as well as why Internet anonymity is a myth.
To learn more about Angwin's book, and to listen to her interview on NPR's Fresh Air, click here.
Angwin on the "illusion of anonymity" on the Internet:
"A lot of the online tracking was originally justified as being completely anonymous and so we shouldn't worry about it because our names weren't in those databases — it's just cookie number "123456" went to these websites. But there's been a lot of research that shows that basically people's traces and actions are very unique and when you get a large set of data that has all these varied specific actions taken by people, that you can re-identify them. ...
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