Hugo Spotlight: “The Belles” by Dhonielle Clayton

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I literally cheered out loud when I heard that Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles was nominated for a Lodestar Award. What can I say about it to explain my excitement? I could tell you that it’s masterfully written, that the dialogue is pitch perfect and the descriptions evocative. Or I could hype up the fascinating characters and the subtle ways Clayton uses them to explore and shatter tropes. Maybe I’ll talk about how Clayton breaks down how Western beauty standards can be used as both a tool and a weapon, depending on who is dictating the standards and whether or not another person can meet them. Eh, I’ll keep it simple and just say “it’s absolutely amazing.”…

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What to Read Next After “Harry Potter”

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A lot of people are obsessed with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It’s one of those series that fans read over and over again to relive that childhood wonder. There is a lot to love about Harry Potter and just as much that Rowling could’ve done better, but no matter what you can’t dispute its influence in the reading world.

For readers looking to recreate some of those Harry Potter feels, here’s a list of some middle grade, young adult, and adult books to check out next.

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