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Enlisting young adult fiction in the fight against racism

It started as a birthday wish.

Book Riot editor and “Here We Are” author Kelly Jensen posted a request on Twitter last Friday: “My 33rd birthday is next month, and between now and then, I’d love to see 33 classroom literacy projects completed. Up for the challenge?”

The next day white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, and her request took on new urgency.

Jensen, a former librarian, regularly monitors the Donors Choose public database searching for projects to highlight. (Donors Choose is a 17-year-old nonprofit that allows public school teachers to crowdfund materials and experiences for their classrooms.)