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May 28, 2015

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Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace (Quarto Week) (MakerSpace)

One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films […]

Middle Grade Monday – The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels)

Raina Telgemeier, who is currently taking over the world, turned her incredible talents in an interesting direction, taking on the retelling of the original Ann M. Martin Baby-Sitters Club novels in graphic novel format in the mid 2000s. Now that her talents are being widely recognized and are in high demand, these are being re-released […]

Sunday Reflections: Writing Religion When It’s Not Your Faith, a guest post by Melissa Walker (#FSYALit)

As a Youth Ministry major at a conservative Christian college in the Midwest, I soon became acquainted with a yearly Halloween tradition known as Hell House or Hell Stop, depending on what they chose to call it. It was a new concept to me and I went and visited one once and to me, personally, […]

Teens Review Murder Mysteries, a Feminist Cinderella, and a Noah Webster Bio

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The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. From a creepy retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to an even scarier serial killer mystery, these books will give young adults chills during the summer months.

The Lingering Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum: the life taking, life altering beast

Today, May 15, is Hyperemesis Awareness Day. Hyperemesis gravidarum, according to the Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation, is an extreme form of pregnancy sickness, defined as “unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids.” Affecting about one to three percent of pregnant women, HG can lead to weight […]

“It’s like Bella, without the vampires” – how a YA novel helps me explain Hyperemesis Gravidarum (#HGDay15)

Today, May 15, is Hyperemesis Awareness Day. Hyperemesis gravidarum, according to the Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation, is an extreme form of pregnancy sickness, defined as “unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids.” Affecting about one to three percent of pregnant women, HG can lead to weight […]

Friday Finds – May 15, 2015

This Week at TLT Sarah Dessen, on SAINT ANYTHING and more Middle Grade Monday: Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon I Was a Sixteen Year-Old Jesus Freak (Just Not In the Way You Think) by Terra Elan McVoy for #FSYALit Book Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble The New Makerspace: Unboxing and the Learning Curve Let’s […]

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel at Irving Public Library 5/13/15

Last night I attended the We Need Diverse Books panel at the Irving Public Library. It featured I. W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above, Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton, authors of Tiny Pretty Things, Marieke Nijkamp, author of This is Where it Ends, and Natalie C. Parker, author of Beware the Wild. I […]

#SVYALIT: Sexual Exploitation, 2 YA Titles That Explore Child Pornography and the Life of Teens

#SVYALIT: Sexual Exploitation, 2 YA Titles That Explore Child Pornography and the Life of Teens

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING POST WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS While reading VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver, an author I adore, I was struck by how it turns out this title fits into The #SVYALit Project, though it took me a while to find the words to explain why. I also waited a while to talk about […]

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

Take 5: YA Lit with Food Allergies

Take 5: YA Lit with Food Allergies

Earlier today I talked a little bit about food allergies and shared some ever evolving thoughts I had about food in teen programming. Now I want to share 5 MG and YA lit titles that have characters that deal with food allergies. I have only read 2 of the following 5 titles, but the rest […]

Let’s Talk Teens, Food and Programming

This is Food Allergy Awareness Week, which seems like a good time for me to revisit my thoughts regarding serving food at teen programs, which seems like a constant work in progress. Back in 2011, prompted in part by my own personal struggles as a mom to a child with extreme food allergies, I wrote […]

Courtroom Dramas, Murderous Robots, and Tough Stuff | High School YA

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Hard-hitting novels, such as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage, will strike a chord with teens. And Mark Alpert’s The Six, about artificial intelligence trying to take over the world, will strike fear in the hearts of readers. That and much more in this month’s SLJ reviews.

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The Latest from Kindl, Picoult, and Stead | Middle School YA

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From Patrice Kindl’s Regency-era romp to Rebecca Stead’s much-anticipated Goodbye Stranger and to high-octane debuts by Valynne Maetani and Kate Elliot, the following titles will delight and engage young teens looking for their next fiction fix.

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Superheroes, Royalty, and a Dystopian Adaptation | YA Graphic Novels

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From Marvel kickass heroine sagas to the graphic novel adaptation of Marie Lu’s blockbuster Legend, these illustrated works will find an avid audience among young adults.

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The New Makerspace: Unboxing and the Learning Curve

The New Makerspace: Unboxing and the Learning Curve

For those of you following my current journey, the new Makerspace stuff at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County has arrived! New to my journey: I’m at a new library and I re-evaluated my previous MakerSpace, doing some comparison of tech components and putting together a Lego based MakerSpace that incorporates Little […]

Book Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Finding Paris by Joy Preble Spoiler-free part of the review: Sisters Paris and Leo (Leonora) always look out for one another. Throughout their mother’s many boyfriends and their many moves, they’ve found comfort in sticking together. Paris has recently graduated from Las Vegas High. Leo is focused on her future, busy studying for the SATs […]

I Was a Sixteen Year-Old Jesus Freak (Just Not In the Way You Think) by Terra Elan McVoy for #FSYALit

I Was a Sixteen Year-Old Jesus Freak (Just Not In the Way You Think) by Terra Elan McVoy for #FSYALit

Today we are honored to host author Terra Elan McVoy as she discusses her personal teen faith journey and her book, PURE. You can read all the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Discussion (#FSYALit) posts here. Being a devoted Christian in my hometown of Tallahassee, FL, didn’t exactly make me a minority, but in […]

Middle Grade Monday: Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

Middle Grade Monday: Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

Camo Girl tells the story of three sixth graders with one thing in common – all have lost their fathers. Title character Ella lives with her mother and grandmother, who moved in to care for her after the death of her father almost three years ago. Ella’s mother travels four days a week to support […]