January 16, 2018

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Friday Finds: October 20, 2017

This Week at TLT Silhouette Cameo 101: The Manual It Doesn’t Come With, But Should (MakerSpace) Book Review: Like Water by Rebecca Podos Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Book Review: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins TPiB: Easy Peasy DIY Jack-O-Lanterns Book Review: Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango and Tyler […]

Book Review: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins

  Publisher’s summary: A contemporary story with a twinkle of magic, RUBY AND OLIVIA is a pacey, gently creepy book filled with lovable characters and snappy humor. At its core, this is the story of two girls who are not friends learning that they might have more in common than they ever expected – even […]

Friday Finds: October 13, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101 Book Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta Book Review: Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. View from the Director’s Chair Part II: Narrative Filmmaking by Lynette Pitrak October #ARCParty Book Review: […]

Friday Finds: October 6, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When You’re a Teen and a Friend Threatens Suicide Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction Book Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston New and forthcoming YA and MG to have on […]

Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I am so pleased to be a part of this blog tour celebrating the marvelous The War I Finally Won. It is everything I could have hoped for and more in a sequel to The War That Saved My Life. From the publisher: One of the most anticipated middle grade novels of the year is finally here. […]

Friday Finds: September 29, 2017

This Week at TLT Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore Workman and Algonquin Showcase and Giveaway Book Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman C2: Collecting Comics for September and October 2017 with Ally Watkins Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA September 2017 The 2018 TLT […]

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Special prize raffle at the end! From the publisher: BOOK DESCRIPTION   The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series—a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices. Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct […]

Friday Finds: September 22, 2017

This Week at TLT Book Review: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and What You Need to Know About MRAs Take 5: Some of the Best Feminist YA on Rape Culture in Quotes Book Review: Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Things I Never Learned in Library […]

Friday Finds: September 15, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Reconnecting with My Teens as Adults to Help Houston Librarian Humor: Regional Picture Books You Never See in the Library, but Maybe Should MakerSpace: DIY Iron On Patches Book Review: Slider by Pete Hautman Book Review: Night Shift by Debi Gliori SLJTeenLive: Building a Teen MakerSpace on a Budget […]

Friday Finds: September 8, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Having a Growth Mindset Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson The Teacher I Met and How Hurricane Harvey will Affect Her Classroom Book Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden Book Review: Neighborhood Girls by […]

Sunday Reflections: On Having a Growth Mindset

If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know that I have recently acquired a ukulele.   This marks a rather startling change in my life. Well, actually, attending a workshop titled Ukuleles in Storytime was probably when the change occurred. I’m not entirely sure why I signed up for that pre conference session, […]

Friday Finds: September 1, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How to Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey Recently in Book Mail Book Review: Boy Seeking Band by Steve Brezenoff Blog Tour Book Review: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez #MHYALit: Seven Responses for Those Left Behind, a guest post by author Kat Colmer Book Review: […]

Blog Tour Book Review: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

  From the publisher: From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.  There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape […]

Recently in Book Mail

Book mail has picked up considerably – all of these have arrived on my doorstep within the last two weeks. I’m not entirely sure why things have picked up, but I am also admittedly not an expert on publishing and its seasons. But who’s complaining? I guess my one complaint is that I don’t have […]

Friday Finds: August 25, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer Things I Never Learned in Library School: That Time Someone Asked for Help Printing out Swastikas Book Review: Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson #SJYALit: Walk A Mile In Their […]

TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer

The recent release of the amazing Wonder Woman film was the perfect excuse to host another teen lock-in for two hours on a Friday evening. With 3 floors of library to work with, there was lots of opportunity to let the teens run around (literally) and utilize all of our meeting rooms for different activities. […]

Friday Finds: August 18, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA August 2017 I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review I Went to a STEAMFest […]

A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland

Most tweens and young teens have experienced death, perhaps of a distant, elderly relative or of a beloved pet. What about those who have lost a parent, sibling, or close friend? When a teacher, guidance counselor, or concerned adult approaches us for recommendations for middle grade fiction that will support the management of the complicated […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]