May 25, 2017

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Blog Tour: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag

  From the publisher: It is eight years after Colleen Cavanaugh’s home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet’s mineral resources. Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils […]

Friday Finds: May 19, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: It’s Hard to Get Out of a Town Like This WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and Sex Positive YA, a guest post by author Sandhya Menon and a GIVEAWAY (Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2017 #SJYALit: […]

(Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference

Dearest Readers, In case you missed it, almost a year ago I moved from the School Library Media Specialist arena to that of Public Library Children’s Services. (I also moved two states up the east coast.) And I can honestly say I have never felt so valued in my professional life. Several months ago I […]

Friday Finds: May 12, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Thinking About Mental Health, a #MHYALit Post by Ally Watkins In Our Mailbox: More Thoughts on 13 Reason Why, Teens and Libraries Middle School Monday: Teens, Body Image and Wonder Woman Book Review: City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino #MHYALit at Teen Lit Con Video Games Weekly: Overcooked – […]

Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

From the publisher: Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the […]

Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

From the publisher: Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the […]

Friday Finds: May 5, 2017

This week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Doing the Heavy Lifting at the Library, Working with a Hurting Public to Find Healing #SJYALit: The Lunar Chronicles as a Reflection of Current U.S. Political Climate, a guest post by Emily Keyes Book Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Book Review: How to Make a Wish […]

Friday Finds: April 28, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar National School Climate Survey results about LGBTQ students’ experiences in school #SJYALit: Ten Young Adult Novels for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a guest post by Clara Kensie Thinking about 13 Reasons Why: Teens, Mental […]

Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar

Because Karen (@tlt16) loves me, she regularly visits authors on whom I have the most indelible of crushes. This includes, almost exclusively, Kiersten White. I’ve never had the great fortune to meet her, but Karen regularly visits her table at conferences on my behalf. She is lovely like that. This time, I asked her to […]

Friday Finds: April 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die App Review: Enlight What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017 #SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & […]

Friday Finds: April 14, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner . . . Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan #SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis […]

Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston

This is, perhaps, the most perfect eighth grade girl book I have ever read. In fact, it was excruciating to read (in the best possible way) as I felt I was right back in Middle School myself. It reminded me of nothing more than the Judy Blume books I read at that age, but current […]

Friday Finds: April 7, 2017

This Week at TLT Guest Post: Five Things I’ve Learned from Being an Advice Columnist by Carol Weston MakerSpace Madness: Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts #SJYALit: From Aberrant Girl to Nasty Woman, a conversation between Elana K. Arnold and Amber J. Keyser Book Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan The Power of […]

Guest Post: Five Things I’ve Learned from Being an Advice Columnist by Carol Weston

I’ve been “Dear Carol” at Girls’ Life since the magazine’s first issue in April of 1994. For 23 years, I’ve been hearing from tween and teen girls. What have I learned?  1. School Can Be A Refuge When I was 28 and Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You was first published, I […]

Friday Finds: March 31, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: A Sea of Black Belts and the Myth of the Lazy Teen TPiB: Escape Room The Game, a review Middle School Monday: Jumpstart Creative Writing with Storybird Poetry Book Review: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian SJYALit: Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B. SJYALit: […]

SJYALit: More Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

6th grade (and any grade) can be great. YA literature can be great. Educators, librarians, writers, publishers, and other advocates can be great. In a time of uncertainty, it is helpful for me to say so! Also, you’re here, reading this, as part of Teen Librarian Toolbox’s Social Justice in YA Lit project. That’s great, […]

SJYALit: Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

I have had many great experiences in graduate school for Library and Information science, but one of them has been the discussion on personality traits of people who work in libraries versus museums versus archives; coming from a background in education, I consider schools as well. Personality trait is maybe the wrong phrase, but I […]

Middle School Monday: Jumpstart Creative Writing with Storybird Poetry

Have you been using Storybird? It’s a wonderful free digital tool that uses images to unlock creative writing in our students [and ourselves!]. Sometimes, writing poetry or prose from scratch can be daunting for students—this is why Storybird can be so effective. With Storybird, users choose the art FIRST and then create poems, picture books, […]

Friday Finds: March 24, 2017

This Week at TLT Support Libraries, Save the IMLS Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend Recently in Book Mail Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J. Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans […]

Book Review: Pyromantic by Lish McBride

The ARC for this sequel to her 2014 novel Firebug hit my doorstep extremely early, but I still dropped everything to read it – and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this entry into McBride’s universe every bit as much as her previous novels. Rejoining her characters felt like coming home. For some context, read […]