((Alright, but there are adult demigods out in the world. There’s no way that all of them age out of Camp Half-Blood and then die right afterwards. We hear about kids in college in TOA, and Apollo talks about his grown ass kids working in hospitals and stuff, so hypothetically, there are college age kids and older in Last Olympian.

What kind of ass backwards system do these Greeks have that no one thought to send out a mass email to the adult demigods and be like “Hey, I know you’re busy and all, but Kronos is literally trying to destroy Manhattan, can you come help out?”

Why was there no mention of the adult demigods who presumably live in New York? Sally and Paul could not have been the only people who werent affected by Morpheus’ sleep spell.

While we’re on the subject, where the flying fuck were the adults in New Rome? Literally anyone could have told Octavian “sit down little boy” and there would have been no civil war.))

Read “Ratspeak”, a fantasy short story by Sarah Porter about the language of rats.

Ratspeak is the the shrill and sly language of the rats of New York City’s subway. When a curious boy is granted his wish to speak and understand the secret language of the rats, he brings a curse upon his home. “Ratspeak” is a standalone story by the acclaimed author of Vassa in the Night (Tor Teen, September 2016).
Hispanic American and Latin American->Teen Fiction
Enter Hispanic and Latin culture with these YA books.
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I knew what he wanted to hear. He couldn’t stand me being sick. Nobody can. They only want to hear that you’re healing, you’re in recovery, taking it one day at a time. If you’re locked into sick, you should stop wasting their time and just get dead.
—  Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Eater of Books!: Review: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

“There are not nearly enough stories in YA that are heavily based in magical realism, at least in the last ten years or so. Magical realism isn’t just fantasy or paranormal aspects; it’s the combination of realistic elements with surreal or magical elements, in which the surreal or magical elements don’t seem surprising or out of place. What comes to mind when I hear the words "magical realism” is Gabriel García Márquez, who wrote some masterpieces in magical realism. This story is a fairy tale retelling, set in an enchanted modern-day Brooklyn, following a young girl who is meant to be something extraordinary.“

Sound like you might like it? Add Vassa in the Night to your reading list!



August 25, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service! For a hundred years the NPS has been an instrumental authority for the conservation and protection of America’s parks, national monuments, and historic sites. Find out more about how to celebrate this monumental achievement by visiting the National Park Service website:

We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite books that will help you learn more about the parks, and encourage you to go exploring in the great outdoors! Click here for additional suggestions.

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