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October 23, 2014

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Mahnaz Dar

About Mahnaz Dar

Mahnaz Dar (mdar@mediasourceinc.com) is an Associate Editor for School Library Journal, and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

The Power to Perceive: Paul Fleischman shines a light on the environmental crisis | Up Close

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Few authors have taken on environmental issues as effectively as author Paul Fleischman. In his recent Eyes Wide Open, he has penned an empowering call to action, stirring young people to challenge assumptions and think for themselves.

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Q & A: Hervé Tullet on How He Works, Why He Got into Children’s Books, and His Mix It Up Tour

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Masterful children’s author and illustrator Hervé Tullet talks to SLJ about taking his creative process to schools and libraries in his latest Mix It Up tour that hit Brooklyn Public Library on October 19.

Three-time Newbery Honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at 87

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Three-time Newbery honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder, best known for her middle-grade mystery The Egypt Game, died on October 8. She was 87.

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

In “Active Learning in the Library,” presented as part of LJ and SLJ’s virtual event The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, held October 1, Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly provided advice and suggestions for creating learning environments in libraries, based on Barrington Area Library’s successful model in Chicago.

Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

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K.C. Boyd has created a culture of readers at a struggling South Side high school.

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Stolen Kisses | Romances to Tempt Teen Readers

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Conjuring up illicit but intoxicating chance meeting and burning passion, forbidden love is a tried-and-true trope that teens gravitate toward.

Texas Pastor Attempts to Ban “Twilight” from Austin Memorial Library

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With Banned Books Week on the horizon, read about this recent challenge about a Texas pastor who attempted to have 75 paranormal YA titles, including “Twilight,” removed from the Austin Memorial Library on the basis that they are inappropriate for young people.

Award-Winning Author Elaine Marie Alphin Dies at 58

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Elaine Marie Alphin, a celebrated and award-winning children’s book and young adult writer, died August 19, following a long illness. She was 58.

Chicago Public School Librarian K.C. Boyd: The Heartbeat of Her School

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At the once-second-to-last ranked school in Illinois, Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School, librarian K.C. Boyd has helped turn around the reading culture in the school. The school’s reading test scores have improved with 18.2 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards, at the present, compared to 6.5 percent in 2012.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

“Bloody Jack” Author Louis A. Meyer Jr. Passes at 71

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The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.

Chickens in the Stacks, and Other Strange Tales from Public Librarians

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“Would you say my foot is swollen or inflamed?” is just one of the unusual patron questions, anecdotes, and adventures that make up Gina Sheridan’s new book, I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks.

Q & A: ‘Positive’ Author Paige Rawl Talks About Her Story as an HIV Positive Teen

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Paige Rawl was born with HIV but didn’t know she had it until middle school. She also didn’t know about the stigma and bullying that came with it. Rawl shares her story Positive not only to cope with her past, but to offer solace and courage to those going through a similar experience.

School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

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Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.

Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

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An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

Tag Team: Collaborations in Books

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What happens when more than one author works on a single book? Find out.

Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ to Be Released in Theaters This August

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YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.

It’s My Life | Teen Angst, Attitude, and Acumen

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These recent memoirs shed light on the teen experience from three very different perspectives: a college student with a debilitating disease, an awkward outsider chronicling her attempts at becoming popular, and an author looking back at how her tomboyish attitude made for a challenging childhood and adolescence.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

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Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

‘Freaky Friday’ Author Mary Rodgers Dies at 83

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Mary Rodgers, author of the classic Freaky Friday and composer, died on June 26 at age 83 following a long illness.