June 28, 2016

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Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda […]

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Publisher’s description Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past […]

TPiB: It’s Shark Week!

Shark Week is my favorite weeks of the year. I’m a little bit obsessed with sharks. Not in a I would want to see one up close in personal in real life way, just in a they are totally cool like dinosaurs, aliens and robots way. I dive into Shark Week every year. See what […]

Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon

Every once in a while I scroll through the available titles in Netgalley and Edelweiss. This time I found a bounty of upcoming nonfiction. Here are some of the most tempting: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti “The true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered […]

Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon

Every once in a while I scroll through the available titles in Netgalley and Edelweiss. This time I found a bounty of upcoming nonfiction. Here are some of the most tempting: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti “The true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered […]

Sunday Reflections: Brexit and Helping Teens Understand the Importance of the Political Process

The recent UK referendum vote on exiting the EU (and its results) are a useful starting point to help teens understand the importance of being involved in the political process. At least it has that. If you need to read up on the situation, the BBC has a thorough explanation of the vote and its potential […]

Friday Finds: June 24, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How Do I Talk to The Teen About Orlando? Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour with Jessica Brody Middle School Monday: Making Our Own Seat by Julie Stivers Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone Scenes from a Teen MakerSpace Open House #MHYALit: This Book Will Save Your […]

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SIROWY, Alexandra. The Telling

Looking for a good scare? Check out the latest spine-tingling YA offerings sure to keep teens up at night.

No room for a Makerspace? Try circulating tech tools

I work in a beautiful stone building with historic significance, much beloved in the community. But, like anyone who works in an older building will tell you, the beauty and ambiance come at a definite price: space, connectivity, and quirks. My library doesn’t have a Makerspace, and chances are, we won’t have one anytime in the […]

The Making of Our String Art “READ” Sign

This year, I am pretty excited because not only did we debut the new Teen MakerSpace, but I was able to hire two MakerSpace Assistants to help keep the area staffed after school and on weekends. One of my assistants is Morgan Durfee, who was an art major in college and is an awesome cos-player. […]

#MHYALit: This Book Will Save Your Life, a guest post by author Kathleen Glasgow

Today we are honored to host author Kathleen Glasgow as part of the #MHYALit Discussion. Her book, GIRL IN PIECES, releases in September from Delacorte Press. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I could not feel my fingers. And then I could not feel my arms. And then my shoulders, and then, and […]

Short and Sweet | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers pulls together an assortment of short story collections—some dealing with horror and the suspense, others taking on fantasy and myth—from Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Oyeyemi, Patricia A. McKillip, and David Schow.

Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Scenes from a Teen MakerSpace Open House

Yesterday in celebration of The National Week of Making, we officially introduced our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) to our community by hosting an open house. Our Teen MakerSpace is normally only open to teens ages 12 through 18, but we wanted to let the public know […]

Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone

Publisher’s description College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life…and her last tangible connection to her deceased father. Thus, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal. Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv […]

Middle School Monday: Making Our Own Seat by Julie Stivers

At my 7th grader’s school award ceremony several weeks ago, I watched a long line of teachers and administrators give out various recognitions. Core subjects and electives. Extracurriculars. Character awards. All I could think was…I wish the librarian had been up there, too. That school librarians need to advocate for their library and its programs […]

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2016 (Booth #2115)

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We can’t wait to see you later this week in Orlando! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen & Flatiron Books YA) booth #2115 and RSVP to all of our events!

Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour with Jessica Brody

  Guest post by Jessica Brody   ELLISON “ELLIE” SPARKS: An idealistic, ambitious sixteen-year-old junior with a lot on her plate.   Those were the first words I ever wrote about Ellie Sparks. They were written in a synopsis for my publisher when I was first trying to sell them on the idea for a […]

Sunday Reflections: How Do I Talk to The Teen About Orlando?

On May 19th of this year I got to interview John Corey Whaley, so I took The Teen with me. I remarked to him then that I was pretty sure this was the first time that my teenage daughter had gotten to talk to an openly out adult and that I thought this was a […]