June 25, 2016

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Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing


Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

Video Games Weekly: Journey Collector’s Edition

This review is going to be a little bit of a throwback because the original version of Journey  came out in 2012, but I hope you find it useful!  I’ve been waiting for our library’s vendor to stock the collector’s edition of Journey for PS4 (I don’t own a PS3), but I finally gave up […]

Brooklyn Public Library Honors Teens with Inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Prize


Brooklyn Public Library honored budding teen writers with top prizes for their inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Contest on June 7.

#MHYALit Knowing When to Talk About It, a Guest Post by Kathryn Holmes

I’ve always been pretty even-keel. It takes a lot to send me into an emotional tailspin. But twice in my life, anxiety has done just that. The first time, I was a sophomore in high school. I was an honors student, a new member of the school newspaper staff, and a dedicated, hardworking dancer. It […]

Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Publisher’s description John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy… Archie and Veronica… Althena and Noth… …Graham and Roxy? Graham met his best […]

Middle School Monday: #MdlPwriters by Julie Stivers

As librarians, we often deal in stories.  Not surprising based on the contents of our shelves, the size of our To-Be-Read piles, and our understanding of the power of literature.  When I reflect on our Matt de la Peña Writer-in-Residence, however, numbers are what first come to mind—and are what seem necessary to truly demonstrate […]

#MHYALit: My Definition of Crazy, a guest post by author Lois Metzger

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Lois Metzger. Her newest book, Change Places with Me, will be released tomorrow. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I’m at my bedroom window, looking out at the building across the way.  Unbelievably, it’s on fire.  I can see a […]

Sunday Reflections: What Should I Tell My Daughters? An open letter to Judge Aaron Persky

Judge Aaron Persky, I have two daughters. This fall, one of them will start the 8th grade. It was while I was in the 8th grade that I was repeatedly molested by someone I knew and trusted. My goal this year is not to help her get straight As or learn a second language, it […]

Friday Finds: June 10, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflection: On Living in Limbo TPiB: The Books of Our Heart Button Middle School Monday: The Big 4 (part 1) by Julie Stivers What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May and June 2016 + Two Giveaways #MHYALit: The Truth I Forgot to Remember, a guest post by Sashi Kaufman Ky’s Mini […]

#MHYALit: Anxiety Disorder, My Son, and Me

There are lots of things my son Callum and I have in common. We both like Converse. We love Harry Potter. We both wear glasses. And we both have anxiety disorder. While I often really, really hate my own anxiety, it has been extremely useful to have first-hand experience when it comes to needing to parent, support, […]


Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales Publisher’s Book Description Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and […]

36 Mature Reads for Older Teens


As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”


Since The Raven Boys, the YA author has had teens spellbound by the trials of Blue, her fatal curse, and the enigmatic boys at a local private school. Maggie Stiefvater chats about The Raven King and what’s next on the horizon.

#MHYALit: The Truth I Forgot to Remember, a guest post by Sashi Kaufman

I’ve been in therapy since I was seventeen years old. My mother is a therapist and growing up, going to therapy just wasn’t that big of a deal. It was kind of like going to the dentist -something you could do preventatively or when plaque started to build up on your feelings. I worked with […]

“Gone Girl” Read-Alikes | Adult Books 4 Teens


From a novel about a former cult member forced to face her dark past to a coming-of-age tale brimming with monsters and mayhem, the titles highlighted this month are exhilarating, nail-biting thrillers: perfect for teens looking for some edgy beach reading.

New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News


Participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read. The winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award was recently revealed. You’ll find these tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

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The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May and June 2016 + Two Giveaways

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 […]

Middle School Monday: The Big 4 (part 1) by Julie Stivers

I love advocating for books that reflect the wonderful reality that is our diverse schools and then putting those books in the hands of all students.  You too?  Awesome. Sometimes, in our collections, books that feature diverse characters seem to often fall under four main categories that I call the BIG FOUR:  Historical Fiction, Biographies, […]

“This One Summer” Restored to Henning, MN, School District Library, with Restrictions


The award-winning graphic novel This One Summer has come under fire again, this time in Henning, MN.