Author Archives: Victoria Waddle

About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.

Girl Made of Stars

A realistic portrayal of how people react to learning about the rape of a classmate. Continue reading

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Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

Three Young Women on the John Muir Trail As a college graduation gift to themselves, the author, Suzanne Roberts, and her friend Erika decide to hike the John Muir Trail. They cover the 211 miles from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender: How I Became a Punk Rock Lawyer

This little book is full of hope for teens who are not succeeding in high school. It’s a reminder that their futures are not set yet. Continue reading

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A Face for Picasso

Ariel looks less and less like herself, a circumstance that makes her feel her identity is being stripped. Eventually, she describes her face as a mask she can’t remove. Continue reading

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Girlz ’n the Hood

Girlz ‘n the Hood: A Memoir of Mama in South Central Los Angeles by Mary Hill-Wagner Hill-Wagner is one of eleven children who grew up with an often single mother in South Central LA. Though her mother worked as a … Continue reading

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The Groveland Four

An article in yesterday’s LA Times about the ‘Groveland Four’ being exonerated (they are all dead) caught my eye. I happened to have just finished reading a great book about the case: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland … Continue reading

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Acts of Contrition Book Discussion Tonight

Join Me to Chat about Acts of Contrition Tonight “I couldn’t call my parents. Believe me, I was not alone in my willingness to risk being murdered on the street before admitting to them my shame. A violent death was … Continue reading

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Sidelined: Sports Culture and Women

Working in sports talk radio is “like working in a frat house” Continue reading

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A Rescue Plan Containing Multitudes

“Gomer knew what coming out was. He had taken the sex-ed classes, and there were gay people in his town, but they tended to come for weekends and the summer, because they had jobs in the city. They were rich … Continue reading

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Acts of Contrition: Short Stories on Pre-Sale Now

I Have a Book! My book of short fiction Acts of Contrition: Short Stories is now available on pre-sale from Los Nietos Press. The official publication date is March 15, 2021. Yeah, the Ides of March! Thankfully, I’m not superstitious. … Continue reading

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