May 4, 2016

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Video Games Weekly: MLB The Show 16

May the 4th Be With You!  If you’re feeling festive on Star Wars Day, you can read my Star Wars Battlefront article here. This week I played MLB The Show 16.  I’m not a fan of baseball, but I promised myself  I would remain as unbiased as possible for this review.  In real life, I […]

Teaching with “Hamilton”


Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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#MHYALit: Ill Enough, a guest post by Nita Tyndall

The decision to take medication for a mental health issue is often a difficult one, tinged by the stigma that is often associated with it and the various costs that come with it, especially since mental health coverage is not covered well under most health care plans. Today author Nita Tyndall shares her journey with […]

Book Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Publisher’s description The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden-all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives-and died […]

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory


Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Middle School Monday: Robotics

My students have a more than passing interest in robotics. It’s understandable, considering the number of after school activities we have that involve robotics and engineering. We’re a STEM school, located on the campus of a state university which largely produces engineers of one type or another. In order to meet the growing levels of […]

#MHYALit: Those Left Behind, discussing the ways that the mental health struggles of others affect teens, a guest post by Katherine Fleet

When we talk about mental health and teens, we’re not just talking about teens’ personal struggles with mental health because there are other ways that mental health issues can affect a teen, like loving someone who struggles with mental health issues. The mental health struggles of those we love and care about also affect us […]

Sunday Reflections: It’s Not Transgender People in the Bathroom I Worry About When I Think About Sexual Violence

**Trigger Warning** Many years ago I sat at the Reference Desk reading a brief story in Library Journal that I would never forget. It was close to closing time when a mother and daughter walked up to the Circulation Desk to check out their books. The young girl was 8. They were in a library […]

Friday Finds: April 30, 2016

Want to win an ARC of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater? Comment on this post for a chance to win. Last week’s winner is Bailey! Please email me your address at This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Teens Don’t Read Anymore Book Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, reviewed […]

MakerSpace: How do you evaluate this new service?

Although many libraries have had Maker Spaces for a while now and are doing them quite successfully, our Teen MakerSpace is new to us at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). What we wanted (and needed) was to create a way to keep track of who is using the space when […]

Take 5: Memoirs on writing to hand to aspiring teen authors

“How do you become an author?” We’ve heard teens ask that question every time they meet an author – published, famous, or neither. And we’ve all heard the answer too: read. Read everything. Read more. No, even more than that. Reading is essential. But more than novels, teens who are firmly dedicated to the writing life […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

Book Review: Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Publisher’s description A beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer. Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be […]

Teens Review Meredith Russo’s “If I Was Your Girl” and More

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From the latest summer romances to the much-anticipated If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, SLJ’s resident teen reviewers tackle teen angst, first love, and gender issues in their latest reviews.

Video Games Weekly: Ratchet and Clank

I have to confess right off the bat that I have never played a Ratchet and Clank game before.  Somehow, this game never appeared on my radar!  Therefore, my review and opinions are formulated on this game alone, and may not be the only review you want to read. I highly recommend reading Wired, Kotaku, […]

Post It Note Reviews, by The Teen

It’s time for another installment of The Teen’s Post It Note Reviews. This post is Penguin heavy because I took her to a Penguin Teen panel and she decided she really liked the sound of the books after hearing the authors talk about them so she read a couple. It also includes one ARC of […]

Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival


On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

Book Review: Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Publisher’s description Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a […]

Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight


Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

Middle School Monday – Series that Hit the Spot

There is a certain type of book that just fits middle school readers. If you work with this age group, you know what I’m talking about. While most of my sixth grade students will still gladly pick up middle grade novels, many of them as well as most of my seventh and eighth grade students […]