Teens Who Vandalized with Swastikas Sentenced to Reading: Critical Linking, February 7, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom.

In an interview with NPR, prosecutor Alex Rueda explains how she constructed an unorthodox sentence for three teens who vandalized a historic African-American schoolhouse in Virginia with swastikas in October. The unnamed youths pled guilty this week, and the judge is requiring them to visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum and read books. Homework rather than jail time.

I kind of love this.

Giving kids the power to choose what they read is a great way to get them reading more. The Epic! app gives kids 12 and under access to over 20,000 books, including popular bestsellers and award winners.

I also kind of love this!

In response to the removal of climate change references from the White House’s website, we asked a range of science fiction authors ― some of them new to the genre, others prolific editors of anthologies ― to discuss speculative or fictional solutions to how climate change is discussed (and in some cases ignored) today. Their answers, which range from imagined scenarios to heartfelt pleas, are below…

Worth reading.

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