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8 Legendary legal novels to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th

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On June 15, 1215, “The Great Charter” was sealed. If you’re unfamiliar, we’re talking about the Magna Carta and this week, this momentous event celebrates its 800th anniversary. The document that became a legal cornerstone for judicial systems around the world was actually nullified in a matter of weeks. But what the Magna Carta began simply couldn’t be stopped. Dubbed “a symbol of freedom under law,” the tyrannical rule of King John was the catalyst. He wanted to impose arbitrary taxes upon barons and the Magna Carta was the first time people proposed the idea of restricting an unelected sovereign. To celebrate this historical anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of eight legendary legal novels that will keep you thinking. Many…

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The 3 greatest YA novels ever written?

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It’s I Read YA Week: that one week of the year where all readers, regardless of age, come together to celebrate their love of young adult literature. As a longtime YA fan, I’m always a little annoyed when I’m asked to defend my love of books aimed at “children.” I was especially annoyed when Slate published an article by Ruth Graham last year called, “Yes, Adults Should be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books”. My thoughts on the whole scandal are pretty well documented, but needless to say, I had some issues with the idea that any sort of shame or embarrassment should be attached to a reading experience. Though birthed out of the negative backlash towards young adult literature, I…

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