And speaking of Jewish stories... via friendsfriends:
Can you please go to Someday Stories and vote for Evelyn from MA?
Evelyn from MA is the mother of Leah Larson, a seventeen-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, who decided that there wasn't enough quality reading material out there for Jewish girls--so she decided to create some.
When she was thirteen, she started Yaldah Magazine, a publication for Jewish girls by Jewish girls. It's the American Girl magazine for Jewish teens, and it's actually good. If you look on the staff page, you'll see that aside from a couple of moms, it's all done by teenagers.
That's impressive. And more importantly, this is an issue that's close to my heart. There really is not enough good reading material out there for Jewish teens. When I was growing up, most of the books were poorly edited and had lame plots. And I complained about them. I still do.
Instead of complaining, Leah's making a difference. And she really is--this is a magazine that I've seen my (very sheltered, censored) nieces read. It's solid and impressive. And it's amazing that Barnes and Noble is interested in distributing it.