Tag Archives: young adult fiction

Who wants fairy tales to have more two-mom families?

Officially announcing that Prizm Books has accepted book three in the Mangoverse series! It’s called A Harvest of Ripe Figs, and I’ll tell you all about it below the picture. Right now, my favorite phrase has got to be “lesbian … Continue reading

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My favorite sparring partner

Some people flirt by batting their eyelashes or blowing kisses, but then there’s Isaac and Rivka… These are the characters you get to hang out with if you read The Second Mango and its sequels (Climbing the Date Palm is due out … Continue reading

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Canon femslash and female friendship at a girl’s boarding school for witches

Bluebell Hall by Kayla Bashe is like reading a novelized version of really cute magical girl/shoujo ai anime—if shoujo ai were to be scrubbed clean of “but we’re both girls!” and all the insulting fanservicey boob shots stuff. It’s the story … Continue reading

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Glossary of non-English words in The Second Mango

Some of them seem like English to me, because they were a constant part of my upbringing and remain a constant in my life! But, I realize that many Gentile (non-Jewish) readers would like more information about some of those words. It … Continue reading

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Family of choice

Family of choice is very important to the themes in The Second Mango and its sequels. I wanted to celebrate the many types of love that make family–birth relatives, romantic love, in-laws, stepfamily, and those friends who become family because … Continue reading

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Feet in the water on a hot day

Cillaid has drawn this adorable “cheeb” (as she calls them) of Shulamit and Aviva, the queer female couple from The Second Mango.  Shulamit is the princess (well, queen by the time the book begins, but there’s backstory) who’s got multiple food … Continue reading

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Show and tell

Rivka showing Queen Shulamit the inscription on her sword, which used to be Isaac’s spare. Shulamit, ever the intellectual, carefully studies the foreign text trying to make out the words for herself. Artwork by Rebecca Schauer. Keep it for now. … Continue reading

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