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September 1, 2015

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Book Review: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

Publisher’s description: “This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?” New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Smith and Wash Fullerton know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But there are […]

Interview – Lauren DeStefano and A Curious Tale of the In-Between

First things first. Look at that book jacket. Gaze upon it. Feast thine peeper upon its delightful creepy factor. That’s a cover, my friends. And it takes a good book to live up to it. Fortunately, A Curious Tale of the In-Between hasn’t exactly been lacking for the stellar reviews. As Kirkus put it, “DeStefano […]

My weekend reviews

Friday night–When Robert C. O’Brien’s 1975 YA Z for Zachariah made it onto the silver screen forty years later, you’d think its post-apocalyptic setting and sturdy heroine would have been enough to give it currency but NO: the famous two-hander is now a lurve triangle, and–spoiler alert–the attempted rape, so controversial in its time, is glossed over […]

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Middle Grade Monday: There’s always next year: Things I’ve learned coordinating middle school volunteers (a guest post)

Our library has two different volunteer programs that I have run for two years now. One is offered for two hours a week, five week sessions, four times during the school year; four weeks of work, the last week is an appreciation party. Registration is maxed at ten. They gather as a group, and act […]

The #MHYALit Discussion Hub – Mental Health in Young Adult Literature

After our first year of the #SVYALit Project, we decided that we at TLT liked the way the format worked and wanted to use it to discuss other topics of relevance to the life of teens. One of the ideas we discussed was using the format to discuss mental health issues in the life of […]

Preview: ‘Over the Garden Wall’ #1

Over the Garden Wall, a sort of a twisted fairy tale story about two half-brothers trying to find their way home, started out as an animated miniseries on Cartoon Network, and BOOM! Studios published a one-shot comic in their all-ages KaBOOM line. Now they are back with a four-issue series, and the first issue came […]

The Yarn: Where Things Stand and a Call for Ideas

 
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Girls: Beyond Eyelashes and Bows

Not too long ago The Guardian had a piece out called Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls.  I was keen on it, particularly since in the midst of all these children’s books about breaking down stereotypes, I’ve seen awfully few “tomboy” titles.  Books about girls who won’t wear dresses or […]

“Librarians are how libraries speak.”

I’ve had a deep, abiding love for the writing of Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, ever since she introduced the world to Beyonce, the giant metal chicken, and now it turns out she loves me too. And you. And you.  (It’s a few weeks old, but read it now if you haven’t yet.) Makes your heart […]

Pixar in a box

This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Old Maps on new devices

Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]

First Second Announces Science Comics, ‘The Prince and the Dressmaker’

We had two interesting announcements from First Second Books in the past few days. First of all, Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker was announced on the Diversity in YA Tumblr: The Prince and the Dressmaker is about a young 19th Century prince named Sebastian who secretly loves to wear dresses. He hires an […]

Friday Finds – August 28, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, I am Pooh Bear (reflections on depression in the life of tweens and teens part 2) Middle Grade Monday Book Review – School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond August #ARCParty All the Dragons in the World – The Depiction […]

Friday roundup

In a week when everybody is supposed to be away at the beach, the Horn Book has been cranking out stuff for you to read. Beach reading, it’s maybe not, but nevertheless useful and even entertaining, we hope. —Lolly’s Classroom is talking about STEM books and inexpensive sources for classroom libraries. –over on Out of the […]

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Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I loved this book, it is indeed everything, everything! But even more telling is The Teen’s reaction to this book. She finished reading it yesterday and then immediately started reading it again. She left for school today carrying the book in her hand. She used words like “perfect”, “amazing”, and “beautiful” to describe Everything, Everything, […]

This Week’s Comics: Zodiac Dumplins

Get on the sunny side of this week’s new releases. Action Lab Entertainment releases the second trade of Hero Cats. Graphix has a new semi-autobiography in Sunny Side-Up, while Titan Comics releases two classic Dreamworks comics, Shrek and Madagascar, in one volume, Dreamworks Classics Volume 1. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Hero Cats Volume 2 […]

Morning Notes: Ferk Finkular Edition

AND THE WINNER IS… A new School Librarian of the Year has been crowned. Who is it? The School Library Journal announcement is here. GET JUDGING The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are celebrating a decade in biz. If you want to be a part of the book awarding fun, they just put […]

Press Release Fun: A 2016 Children’s Literature Fellow Program Accepts New Applications

MFA in Creative Writing and Literature CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton Stony Brook Southampton                                   emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Children’s Literature Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications from Aspiring Children’s Authors Worldwide August, 2015. Southampton, NY. The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and […]

Review: Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson is most noted for his award winning titles Blankets and Habibi. In a departure from his adult titles, Thompson has ventured into the world of comics for kids in this excellent futuristic space adventure. Space Dumplins By Craig Thompson. Graphix. August 2015. ISBN 9780545565417 HC, $24.99. 320pp. Grades 4 and up Violet loves […]

Reflections of Reality: Foster Teens and Orphans in Young Adult Science Fiction, a guest post by Kerry Sutherland

In 2013, there were 510,000 American children in foster care. 40% of foster children are between the ages of 13 and 21 years old. 9% of foster care teens will age out of the foster care system and are more likely to experience homelessness. You can find more Foster Care Statitics and follow a link […]