Book of the Week: Lost in the Sun

Watch to find out what I thought of Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. Here’s a spoiler-free emoji review:

A few other things I found interesting this week:

Β β€’ Like so many others, I was heartbroken and outraged to see the photos of the little boy who drowned trying to emigrate from Syria with his family. I also felt entirely helpless, until I saw Rainbow Rowell tweet this:

According to this Guardian article, “[author]Β Patrick Ness collected more than Β£60,000 in less than five hours after tweeting that he had to do β€œsomething to help this refugee crisis” and pledging to match the first Β£10,000 in donations to an appeal for the charity Save the Children.

Fellow authors John Green, Derek Landy and Jojo Moyes joined him, also pledging to match donations to the tune of Β£10,000 each.”

More authors have signed on to match donations as the day has gone on. I’m thankful to and inspired by these authors who are reflecting the light from their own spotlights onto this situation which so desperately deserves our attention. And I’m thankful to Rainbow Rowell for using the words “small” and “tangible,” which is exactly what I was searching for as I tried to think of ways that I could help.

β€’ I really enjoyed this post about the dark side of nursery rhymes. It would be an interesting (and yes, admittedly bleak) project to have students right modern day rhymes for the tragedies, diseases, and injustices of this century.

β€’ I can’t stop listening to the latest album from Natalie Prass. She’s like a folk-pop-Snow White, and she couldn’t be more up my alley if she tried.

That’s it for this week. Have a happy Friday! Interested in getting these weekly updates emailed straight to you? Sign up here!

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