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On Puerto Rico’s southwestern corner, the sleepy seaside town of Guanica is where, nearly 120 years ago, the U.S. relationship with the island began during the Spanish-American War. The town’s museum director, Francisco Rodriguez, takes visitors to the town’s waterfront where the invasion began. In Spanish he says, “This is Guanica Bay, where the American troops commanded by General Nelson Miles landed on July 25, 1898.” At the site, a stone marker engraved by the 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army commemorates the invasion.

Nearly 19 years after the invasion, President Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting citizenship to people born on the island. But it’s a limited form of citizenship. The law puts Puerto Rico under federal control but doesn’t allow the island voting representation in Congress. Residents also can’t vote for president. That law started a debate that continues today over what exactly the island’s relationship with the U.S. should be. And now in Puerto Rico, there’s a new push to fix what many see it as a deeply-flawed relationship.

Puerto Ricans Reflect On A Century Of (Limited) Citizenship

Photo: Greg Allen/NPR

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‘Land Ho!’, Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens (2014)

MMFD fic: “Awake?” Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2

A/N: For something so silly and so short, this took me ages to get to. There’s one more part coming up, maybe, at some point, perhaps. There’s just no way of knowing. 

However, there’s no doubt about my gratitude to madfatty!


Awake?” - Part 3

“Oh, no no no.” Finn throws his body back on the bed, staring at the ceiling. The laptop holding all the evidence of the night before is still in his lap.

Oh no. What are you thinking, Finn? You can’t be havin’ thoughts like that. She’s a mate. You don’t think about your mates like that. It’d be like waking up one day suddenly realizing you fancied Archie. Ridiculous, really.

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Since we’re right in the thick of the film award season, we wanted to to roll out the red carpet and call out some of our favorite reads that have taken home their own (figurative) trophies!

Want even more? See the WHOLE list of our award-winners here!

1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

The story of Cassie’s transformative year at the height of the Great Depression won the Newbery Medal in 1976, and we’re celebrating its anniversary with the 40-year Anniversary Special Edition! 

2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

The heart-tugging relationship between twins Noah and Jude won so many hearts that it received the 2015 Printz Award!

3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

As you can see from the cover bling, Jacqueline Woodson’s telling of her childhood in verse is truly beloved: it won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and was a Newbery Honor book.

4. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

What happens when a teen girl follows a popularity guide from the 1950′s? She creates a heartwarming, eye-opening account of her journey. And she wins the YALSA Best Nonfiction For Young Adults award.

5. Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s debut novel about Miles Halter’s whirlwind relationship with Alaska Young won the 2006 Printz Award.

6. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The winner of the 1976 Newbery Medal follows sixteen heirs who received a challenge to figure out the secret of self-made millionaire Sam Westing.

7. Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

17-year-old Jacob’s journey to Amsterdam to find his grandfather’s grave won the 2003 Printz Award.

8. Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

Everything changes for Sara the summer her little brother Charlie disappears and she sets off to find him in this winner of the 1971 Newbery Medal.