July 29, 2016

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Reading and Wrestling with GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier

At ALA this year I was excited to pick up an ARC of GHOSTS by author Raina Telgemeier, mainly because The Teen loves this author and it was my mommy guilt gift. Upon return I handed it to her and she promptly read it. Our conversation about it went something like this: Me: Did you […]

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews, Jackaby Edition

The Teen recently read 8 books in 3 weeks, none of them of course were the ones she needed to read for school. I had the honor of going to ALA in Orlando for a quick trip this year, and came home with several ARCs, many of which she has already read. She also read […]

The Boy Who Lived Returns: Libraries Celebrate a New “Harry Potter” Book

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Libraries everywhere are getting ready for the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31. Check out what they’re doing!

Book Discussion: Autism in AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu

When I initially began reading AFTERWARD by Jennifer Mathieu, I was certain I would be coming to you today to discuss this title as part of the Sexual Violence in YA Literature Project (The #SVYALit Project). However, as I got further and further into the book, this book became an important read – to me […]

Comic-Con International Lures YA Comics Creators | SDCC 2016


The editor of the “Good Comics 4 Kids” blog gives a rundown of teen-friendly highlights and announcements from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

#ARCParty: July 2016 New #YALit Releases

 Here’s a look at some new #YALit releases coming out in June, July and August of 2016. Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Thu, Jul 21 2016 20:13:46 Edit #ARCParty for July 2016 #YALit Releases We are getting to go through July #yalit ARCs #arcparty TeenLibrarianToolbox · Mon, Jul 11 2016 19:24:31 “There is nothing innocent about Shadow […]

Not Your Typical Adaptations | Adult Books 4 Teens


Retellings, companions, and other titles that are based on famous works are here to stay. From a modern-day update of Pride and Prejudice to a choose-your-own adventure version of Romeo and Juliet, the following works bridge the gaps between old classics and our current understandings.

Brendan Kiely’s and Jason Reynolds’s CSK Author Honor Speeches for “All American Boys”


Coauthors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds each delivered remarks about their Coretta Scott King (CSK) Author Honor win for All American Boys on June 26 during the CSK Award’s Breakfast at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. SLJ presents both speeches, published together for the first time.

Book Review: A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

Publisher’s description When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the […]

Neal Bascomb on “Sabotage” and the Norwegian Fight Against the Nazis

SLJTeen Live panelist Neal Bascomb discusses his research process, inspiration, and the best part of writing Sabatoge, about a riveting moment in World War II history.

Middle School Monday: Summer.  Yes, Summer. By Julie Stivers

It’s summer! A magical time for school librarians… [First, a shout-out to my colleagues in our school district and around the country who are librarians at year-round schools. You get no summer break. You transition directly from year to year. You are amazing. I couldn’t do it….] For those of us on traditional schedules, what […]

MakerSpace: Making Fingerprint Pokemon Go Buttons

Pokemon Go is big – you’ve probably heard. So my library is like many libraries and we are trying to plan a Pokemon Go program for our patrons while the program is still hot. Yes, I know Pokemon has been popular for 20 years now, but this is a new level of popularity and we […]

Sunday Reflections: It Starts in Local Communities – And it Starts with You!

A man laid down on the ground with his hands up in the air, he was shot anyway. There were bombings in Kabul and a mass shooting in Germany. The Republican convention ended with the notion that we should hang the democratic presumptive nominee for treason and the leaked news that members of the DNC […]

Friday Finds: July 22, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What Does the World Look Like for Teens? Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour: My Best and Worst Mondays MakerSpace: Community Feedback What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA July and August 2016 Video Games Weekly: Video Games 101: Coming this Fall! What you need to know about the newest consoles […]

Teens Review Twisty Plots and Summer Romances

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From a murderous plot to a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail, the latest books covered by the Kitsap YA group are titles perfect for reading by the poolside or on much-needed beach days.

Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   TALLEY, Robin. As I Descended. 384p. […]

#MHYALit: There is Hope When You’re Dealing with Depression by Jodie Andrefski

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Jodie Andrefski. You can find out more about the #MHYALit Discussion and see the posts here. In The Society, the main character, Sam, had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and then did not receive mental health treatment. On top of that, she […]

Take 5: Quirky Towns in YA Lit

From a very young age, I was obsessed with The Twilight Zone. My very favorite episode is the episode Time Enough At Last where the banker survives the end of the world and finally has time to read all the books he wants and then he breaks his glasses and there is no one left […]

Video Games Weekly: Video Games 101: Coming this Fall! What you need to know about the newest consoles

This year is a big year for video games.  Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation, and there is new hardware being released for the Big 3 consoles: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo within the next 12 months.  Many libraries are still circulating older console games for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, and justifiably so since many […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA July and August 2016

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents). Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my […]