Allison Varnes Property of the Rebel Librarian
Author Allison Varnes: Audiobooks Make Reading Fun

During my eight years as a special education teacher, I frequently worked with high school students who struggled to be independent readers, due to disabilities and weak decoding and fluency skills. For them, reading meant devoting their energy to decoding the text, leaving no room for expressive reading. Read more

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Adib Khorram Darius the Great is Not Okay
DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY Author Adib Khorram on Language and Identity

Darius Kellner has never fit in. His mom is Iranian, and his dad is white. He doesn’t really speak Farsi, but his little sister, Laleh, does. He’s into Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and tea. Not many people at his high school in Portland, Oregon, share those interests. He also has depression, which doesn’t make anything easier. Read more

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