As the author of young adult novels that tackle gritty and difficult subject matter, I am often asked why I write what I do. What I think fuels my desire to write about these topics more than anything is the idea that life can be challenging, and reading about real issues is important. We need to know that we are not alone in our struggles, and that no matter how dire things may seem, there will be brighter days ahead. I hope that when the characters in my novels dream beyond their current circumstance, it inspires the reader to do the same.
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Bryan Prince is a respected historical researcher on the Underground Railroad, slavery, and abolition. We asked Bryan to test our knowledge of slavery and abolition. Care to take the quiz?
When Bryan and I initially read Arthur Manuel’s untitled manuscript, we were uncertain as to his intentions when he had decided to “tell his story” almost forty years ago. The document tone suggested Arthur wanted to set the record straight, as he saw it — a Great War history told from the common soldier, front line infantryman’s perspective. He had plainly spent many hours researching, as the stubs from various book chapters confirmed, ones inserted at places where Arthur was making a specific point.
CAUTION: These books are hot. Reading select ones could result in the following:
- New understanding of life with mental disorders
- A newfound desire to visit Cuba
- Shock and/or outrage at the living conditions of First Nations in Canada
- Plans to host a murder-mystery party