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Maya Henry | Read to Heal Podcast Episode 4

Novelly author and high school student Maya Henry speaks on what support schools can offer to their students and how gender plays a role in academic pressure.

 
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More than ever before, we’re asking ourselves: How can reading and writing help youth heal? How can stories help us see ourselves and each other in new ways? The Read to Heal podcast brings young authors and advocates together around a shared love of reading, discussing, and writing inclusive literature. Get ready to listen to their courageous conversations around identity, vulnerability, and social justice in storytelling.
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SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 of THE READ TO HEAL PODCAST

GUEST: Maya Henry

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amber Brown

HOSTS: Madi + Christina

VIDEO EDITOR: Eric Lopez

Young author, Maya Henry, joins the Read to Heal Podcast to passionately discuss her novella “De-Cocooned” as well as lead courageous conversations on the pressures of battling mental health as a student and the social constructs that exist for academic achievement. Join us as our Youth Ambassador hosts dive into the wonderful mind behind “De-Cocooned.” You can access this novel in Novelly’s digital library full of stories written by young writers from our Rising Voices Collective.

STORY SYNOPSIS

De-Cocooned is about adolescence, about how fragile it is, and about how crushing it can become. De-Cocooned follows Mario, the latest boy in a lengthy line of devout men. He is the son of a man who wakes up to work before Mario’s baby sister stirs and comes home after Mario’s eldest sister sneaks out of her window. He is the golden boy of a woman who wakes, works, cooks, and is home in time to kiss Mario goodnight. He is the endearingly annoying younger brother of a girl who has faced their parents’ worst and somehow kept Mario from ever seeing it. Mario is a boy on the brink of manhood. But when he begins to lose his grasp, he becomes a monarch testing how far his newly crystalized wings of apathy and self-destruction can stretch before they—or someone in their vicinity—shatter.

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