17 Books to Kick-Start Fall
A debut novel reveals the agony and ecstasy of Midwestern youth...Jacqueline Woodson on the power of diversity in kid lit...a new volume collects the letters Nelson Mandela wrote from behind bars...and more.
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The National Book Award-nominated poet pens paeans to the world's limitless capacity to astonish, from the sight of a young girl outfitted as Wonder Woman ("when I stood to clap...she bowed and posed like she knew I needed a myth") to the earth's survival instinct ("Patient, plodding, a green skin / growing over whatever winter did to us").
— Michelle Hart