5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Blake Hoena

Graphic novels are some of the most popular stories for young readers, and graphic nonfiction is no exception. Today we visit the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with author Blake Hoena. His most recent graphic novel series, Athletes Who Made a Difference, follows four legendary sports heroes from their early years to pro careers. Through grit, leadership, and resistance these individuals were able to change the world around them. Read on to discover how the graphic novel format is perfect for these athletes’ stories and to learn more about Narrative Nonfiction.

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A Chat with She Represents Author Caitlin Donohue

By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist

In a complicated political era when the United States feels divided, women are being elected at record rates and government is beginning to more accurately reflect the people it represents.

She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World will show you what the road to power looks like for women in modern times, and includes politicians in the media spotlight such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Betsy DeVos, and Vice President nominee Kamala Harris. Read these profiles of women in leadership from both sides of the US political spectrum and from around the world to learn about their paths to power, their achievements and missteps, and their lasting legacies.

We reached out to Caitlin and asked her a few questions about how she chose which politicians to include and what she learned while writing this collection.

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Nevertheless, They Persisted

resist and protest

by Ashley Kuehl, editorial director of Lerner Publications

Do you remember the 2016 Dakota Pipeline protests? They’re technically over, and corporations are working to plan and build the pipeline. But protesters are still standing trial for their actions. These protests made national news and drew protesters of all ethnicities and backgrounds. American Indian activists, the instigators of this fight, have been protesting oil pipelines for years. They’ve also fought for land and rights that were unfairly taken from them, raised their voices against stereotypes of their culture in sports, and battled many other instances of discrimination and racism. Read More