November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
Amanda Mastrull

About Amanda Mastrull

Amanda Mastrull (amastrull@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Editor at Library Journal. She's @amandamastrull on Twitter.

Chris Russell On Boy Bands, YA Lit, and “Songs About a Girl”

From London, Russell spoke to SLJ about how he came to write YA (he’s in the band The Lightyears) and the period he spent writing gossip updates for a One Direction fan site.

Separating a City—and Families

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beth Kephart’s compelling YA novel ‘Going Over’ offers a story of the human impact of the barrier, which separated not just the city, but friends and families on either side.

Capstone Adds YA Imprint; Ezra Jack Keats Awards Announced | News Bites

Capstone adds YA “Switch Press” imprint. Register your Día programs. Ezra Jack Keats Awards announced. Baker & Taylor integrates Blackboard Learn. LEAP For Libraries grants. In the Margins top 10 list. SYNC free audiobooks. Alexandria Library Automation System now supports MakinVia.

LOC Literacy Awards; New Follett Chairman; Harry and Hermione? | News Bites

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Literacy Awards. Todd Litzsinger is Follet’s new chairman of the board. Rowling casts doubt on Ron-Hermione pairing. Alexie novel challenged again. Rowell to write graphic novels.

Setting Life to a Soundtrack | New YA Novels

Three young adult authors examine the importance of music as a means for self-expression in novels that tackle challenges of the teenage years.