August 25, 2016

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Book Review: GEMINA, the sequel to ILLUMINAE, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

In October, the greatly anticipated sequel to Illuminae, Gemina, will be released. Our TAB reviewer, who just left for her Freshman year of college, was very excited to get an advanced reading copy of this book to review for you today. Publisher’s Book Description The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller […]

Book Review: GEMINA, the sequel to ILLUMINAE, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

In October, the greatly anticipated sequel to Illuminae, Gemina, will be released. Our TAB reviewer, who just left for her Freshman year of college, was very excited to get an advanced reading copy of this book to review for you today. Publisher’s Book Description The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller […]

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Native American Comics Anthology

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AH Comics, the publisher of 2015 SLJ Best Book Moonshot Vol. 1, has spearheaded a crowdsourced funding campaign to finance the second installment of the award-winning anthology of Native American comics.

#MHYALit: Seven Myths About Mental Illness, a guest post by author Paula Stokes

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Paula Stokes who discusses some of the myths that people have about mental illness. Why do myths and stereotypes about mental illness persist? Why do people believe things that aren’t true? As someone with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate […]

Non-Nonfiction: Harry Potter and Hamilton | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers presents a bevy of titles that may technically be nonfiction but that are loaded with teen appeal, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to an examination of the Dark Knight.

Teens Review “A Week of Mondays,” Monster Fiction, and More

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SLJ’s teen reviewers cover Jessica Brody’s Groundhog Day–type YA, a monstrous tale, and more.

#MHYALit Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Publisher’s description Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is […]

Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Córdova on “Labyrinth Lost”

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Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost combines teen angst, Latinx traditions, and the power of love. SLJ caught up with the YA author to chat about her writing process, favorite characters, and more.

#MHYALit: Who Cares for the Caregivers?

  Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Aug 22 2016 12:50:59 Edit Who cares for the caregivers? TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 I have a thing I want to say about depression/mental health. It will take a couple of tweets. Sun, Aug 21 2016 23:00:01 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 When we lost a baby, several people reached out to us. When I was […]

Middle School Monday: Reading in Class. Minus the Worksheet or Report. Just, you know, READING. By Julie Stivers

Disclosure: I love writing. I love when students write. One of the goals for my library this year is helping to integrate more creative writing opportunities into multiple classrooms. Not for a grade or to tick off a curriculum line, but for the incredible social and emotional benefits of encouraging student expression. But, here’s the […]

Sunday Reflections: Five Words We Should All Stop Using

We use a lot of words that we don’t fully consider where they originate from and what they truly imply. Some words are loaded; heavy with meaning and wielding a subtly destructive power that we often fail to fully grasp. Some words harm with their history, the suggested implications, and the way that they reinforce […]

Things Kate Milford Remembers from Middle School: The Left Handed Fate Blog Tour

Today, in honor of her August 23 release of The Left Handed Fate, Kate Milford joins us to share some of her own remembrances from Middle School: Things that I remember from middle school, in no particular order: I always seemed to wear the wrong clothes; I discovered Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series; I […]

Friday Finds: August 19, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Summer without Makeup Middle School Monday: Sacrificial Lambs, Horses, Kings, Babies and Middle School Students, author guest post with Kelly Barnhill Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga This is What Happened When We Held […]

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”

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SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

SLJTeen Live!: Panels on College Readiness; Snapchat; Instagram 101

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Though teenagers’ needs may be more complex than ever, there are also plenty of tools available to make reaching those patrons easier, according to several panelists who spoke at SLJTeen Live.

Book Review: It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

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 August 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Mittlefehldt, Rafi. It Looks Like This. […]

Why I Write What I Write, a guest post by THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH author Peter Hoffmeister

For a brief period of time when I was in middle school, we lived in a trailer park. Technically, my dad’s girlfriend lived in a trailer park and we just spent a lot of time there. If you know anything about trailer parks, you know that there is a lot of stigma attached to living […]

This is What Happened When We Held a Pokemon Go Program at the Library

Last Thursday The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) hosted it’s Pokemon Go program, an event that was put together by a committee of about 7 people for all ages. We scoured the Internet and found a variety of activities and decorations which helped make our event an exciting success. Because Pokemon […]

The Secret Sea Blog Tour – Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Barry Lyga has a new middle grade novel, The Secret Sea, coming out August 23. It is a complex and fascinating story of three friends who travel to a parallel universe. From the publisher: Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that’s crazy. But sometimes […]

Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students

This time of the year means school is back in session, or nearly back in session, for many of us. It’s a good time for a reminder of how to support and respect LGBTQIA+ teens in classrooms and libraries, as well as be reminded of a few great resources. Obviously all of this goes for all […]