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November 21, 2014

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Friday Finds – November 21, 2014

Friday Finds – November 21, 2014

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What a few minutes searching Google Images for “Prom Dresses” taught me Middle Grade Monday – Statistics National School Climate Survey results about LGBT students’ experiences in school The #SVYALit Project Google Hangout with A. S. King, Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian We’re Not Faking it, We’re Making It: [...]

This Week’s Comics: Winter Horse

This Week’s Comics: Winter Horse

It’s a TV Nation on the list this week: No less than eight titles are extensions of TV shows that are or were on TV. For the kids, BOOM! Studios has a new issue of Regular Show, while IDW has new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. For the family, pick up Jim Henson’s The [...]

A Debut Novel for Lovers of (or Newbies to) the Greek Classics

A Debut Novel for Lovers of (or Newbies to) the Greek Classics

Natalie Haynes’s debut novel is a fascinating mix of Haynes’s diverse interests and talents. A stand-up comedian, television panelist, journalist, and author of a nonfiction book on the Greek classics, Haynes brings all these sources to bear in creating a complex and satisfying narrative. As our reviewer notes, the novel is structured, as a traditional [...]

A Volcano Beneath the Snow

A Volcano Beneath the Snow

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin Knopf, April 2014 Reviewed from final copy JOHN BROWN TAKE THE WHEEL is probably not how you expected this review to start, but let’s embrace the unexpected and just go with it. With four stars and some rave reviews happening, Albert Marrin’s [...]

Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Review of the Day: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy David Macaulay Studio – Roaring Brook (Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 9781596438743 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. When you’re a librarian buying for your system, you come to understand that certain nonfiction topics are perennial favorites. You accept that no matter how many [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#26)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Instead of listening to my own children, who I love, fight with each other, I got to hear whiny, screechy-voiced [character] whine, sullen, put-upon [character] whine, and both of their parents whine. It felt like watching Supernanny. Click here [...]

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

Top Five

Top Five

For the past several years, we’ve surveyed you about your “nominations” at various points in the fall, mirroring the process that the real committee follows.  We skipped October and are late here in November. The reason that I’ve dragged my heels here is that (a) for me, THE FAMILY ROMANOV and BROWN GIRL DREAMING remain [...]

YA A to Z: Jenny Torres Sanchez

YA A to Z: Jenny Torres Sanchez

Here’s a fun fact for you: The first author to ever work with me for anything here at Teen Librarian Toolbox, when it was just me and I had zero to no idea what I was doing, was then debut author Jenny Torres Sanchez. I met her at ALA as she was promoting her debut [...]

We’re Not Faking it, We’re Making It: from the Robot Test Kitchen

One of the features on the Robot Test Kitchen is a True Confessions series. In it, we discuss our personal experiences in this brave new world of integrating technology programming into our libraries. Sometimes it’s triumphant, sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The point of our True Confessions is to illustrate [...]

YA A to Z: Sarah Rees Brennan

YA A to Z: Sarah Rees Brennan

Why I chose Sarah Rees Brennan: So, I’m not sure if choosing Sarah Rees Brennan for ‘R’ is cheating or not. I know in my collection, she’s filed under ‘B’, and I certainly wouldn’t want to move her, since that puts her right next to Libba Bray. On the other hand, moving her to the [...]

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

The British Comic Awards were announced over the weekend, and the winner in the children’s category was Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Black Hound. Another winner: Jillian Tamaki has received the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration for This One Summer, which was written by her cousin, Mariko Tamaki. John Patrick Green is all [...]

Fuse #8 TV: Eric Carle Museum Tours and Absolutely Lisa Graff

Top of the morning to you, folks!  I’m happy to release my second Fuse #8 TV episode.  This time around I thought it would be a bit of fun to take a trip to the Eric Carle Museum.  Not everyone has ever had a chance to visit and it’s just the loveliest place.  After that, [...]

Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around

Library Tip: Keep a Basket of Kittens Around

Soon after I was hired for my current job, a basket of kittens arrived in the library. Not real kittens, no. But they might as well be. This family of cats was unlike any stuffed animal I’d seen before – highly realistic and all lumped together. They all sat in a basket about the size [...]

YA A to Z: Matthew Quick

Quick! Help me think of a YA author for the Letter Q. Haha, see what I did there. And that’s why I don’t write humor people. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock has been an important part of The #SVYALit Project, particularly when it comes to the discussion of male survivors. If you haven’t read it yet, [...]

YA A to Z: Stephanie Perkins

YA A to Z: Stephanie Perkins

Guest post by Mary Hinson “I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.” – Lola and the Boy Next Door I’m visiting Teen Librarian Toolbox today (oh, my gosh, I just realized I’m an ACTUAL teen librarian now!) to talk to you about Stephanie Perkins, writer [...]

TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

After nearly five years, TLVirtual Café is still going strong. You can be a star at our next event.  Please consider adding a slide to our 5th annual EduTech Open Mic Smackdown, sharing your best ideas and discoveries for teaching and learning. Then, on Monday, December 8th at 8:00 PM Eastern, be ready to take [...]

The #SVYALit Project Google Hangout with A. S. King, Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian

The #SVYALit Project Google Hangout with A. S. King, Christa Desir & Carrie Mesrobian

The #SVYALit Project Google Hangout with A. S. King, Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian is happening TODAY live at 12 Noon Eastern. You can join us by clicking on the Google event page link below. Or come back here and watch the recording.

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A Debut Novel by Indie Rock Darling John Darnielle

A Debut Novel by Indie Rock Darling John Darnielle

As a (and often the only) member of the indie rock band The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle is responsible for some of the most literate music of the 2000s and early 2010s. This year he turned to the in-no-way-guaranteed-to-succeed extension of that literate nature: a novel. But succeed it does, and I’m not the only [...]

Roundup: Boarding School Blues

This morning, we’re looking at two novels set in boarding schools; And We Stay is Jenny Hubbard’s follow up to her 2012 Morris Award Finalist, Paper Covers Rock, and debut author Chelsey Philpot is inspired by classic literature in Even in Paradise.* Both novels feature a young woman with a traumatic past who, in her [...]