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On the Books: 11-year-old tells DC Comics 'Girls read comics, too'

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN Jill Lepore

Boys aren’t the only ones who like to escape into the adventurous world of comic books, and 11-year-old Rowan Hanson tried to make that point apparent to DC Comics. Frustrated with a lack of female superheroes, she wrote a letter to the popular comic book company, telling them, “I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC. I love your comics, but I would love them a lot more if there were more girls. Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.” After her letter went viral on Twitter, DC responded on the social media platform by saying, “We’re working hard to create more superhero fun for girls! Yes Rowan, girls read comics too! Wonder Woman movie & Supergirl TV both in the works, with more exciting girl power announcements soon!” (The Telegraph)

Comedian David Walliams’ children’s novel Demon Dentist topped the Young Readers category at the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Awards in London. Putting a fun twist on a classic tale, the story follows children who leave lost teeth under their pillows and find earwigs, spiders, and slugs instead. This is Walliams’ second book to win the prize. (The Telegraph)

While some apps help locals find dates or the nearest slice of pizza, nonprofit organization Poets & Writers introduced a new app designed to help readers find local readings and allow writers to promote their events. Poets & Writers Local will “do for bookish types what Zagat does for foodies, what Fandango does for film buffs, and what HopStop does for straphangers: provide precise, detailed, local information when and where it is needed.” (Adweek)

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